I can’t believe my heating system just broke. Should I get a different system to replace it?
I know my heating system’s running right now. So why are only certain rooms in my house heated?
I’m building a new home. How do I decide what heating system I will go with?
If any of the situations above fit you this fall, you might be reevaluating or evaluating what type of heating system to use for your home. Choosing a new system or replacing an old one can be a daunting task.
We want to make it simple for you. In our 50 plus years of servicing, we’ve learned a thing or two about replacing and installing HVAC systems. So here are four questions to help you find the best heating system fit for your home.
This question is almost always your starting point when you’re considering heating systems. (Especially If you are simply looking to replace an outdated or damaged system.)
Want to know a little secret? It’s often your ending point as well. Why?
Because the answer usually determines what you should purchase to replace your old one.
Do you have a hydronic heating system? Get another one. Forced-air furnace? Stick with that. Heat pump? You get where we’re going with this.
If you have one of these HVAC systems, (they are the most common in America) you should keep your system status quo. It’s generally the most convenient and cost-effective option.
To sum up, you should almost always replace your old system with the same type of system you had before. Your home is already equipped for it.
For those of you building a new home, the next section should supply you with answers.
The next step in your heating system journey comes down to one word: utilities.
What is available to you to power your system can have a huge influence on which system you choose. New homeowners– this tip is especially for you.
Why should you be aware of the utilities you can use for your system? Here are a few reasons:
To keep it simple, we’ve made a list of the most common utilities used in Maryland.
Propane gas is also a viable option. It is less common but still available for some homes in Maryland. It is used for forced-air furnaces. It is typically more expensive than natural gas but less expensive than the electric option. It has the same heat efficiency as gas furnaces. Two major drawbacks include the finite supply of propane and how easily the furnace can be damaged if the propane tank is not refilled regularly.
Each option has its pros and cons. Choosing your heating system can be easy if you look at what utility works best for your home and your areas.
Understanding heat efficiency is crucial to finding the best heating system fit for your home.
An efficient heating system will generate the most heat in your home for the least amount of fuel waste. That’s the basic definition. Seems simple, right? Unfortunately, things can get a lot more complicated when looking at the different types of heating systems and their overall efficiency. Here are the most common heating systems and their efficiency levels.
We recommend a mid-efficiency unit to avoid installing obsolete equipment with low-efficiency ratings. Installing mid-efficiency equipment can also come with the benefit of avoiding high-efficiency equipment that has a larger price tag. However, we also highly recommend customers should consider all options and choose what’s best for them in the long run.
Hopefully, after learning about these tips, you feel more confident about finding the right heating system for you.
You can always trust your heating system needs and your home with us.
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