Fall is a magical season when leaves change color, but it’s also the best time to prepare for another long winter. You might not want to think about buying a new heating system during the last few weeks of summer, but it’s actually the perfect time to consider a new furnace ahead of the start of fall.
If you are looking to upgrade to a new system this season, here are some things to keep in mind when shopping. Also, a good place to start is with a free in-home estimate from the team at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.
The actual size of your home
It takes a properly sized unit to effectively heat your entire home, but it’s important to measure your whole building. If you simply work off of the square footage, you’re disregarding the extra power needed to provide warmth in rooms with features such as vaulted ceilings.
In addition, a furnace that is too small for your home will also struggle to keep up with the demand. It’ll be constantly running, using more energy than it should and leading to a greater risk of a heating breakdown.
How energy-efficient is the new system?
If you’re arranging for a new heating system installation, it’s worth considering energy-efficiency when deciding between designs. A high-efficiency furnace might have a higher initial cost, but you can make up for the extra expense through decreased fuel usage. You’ll also be more comfortable due to lower noise and even warmth.
Which type of fuel?
Furnaces require fuel to provide heat, and each one has its own advantages of disadvantages. For most homes, you can generally expect to use one of four different energy sources:
- Heating oil, which is a fossil fuel that requires you to have your own tank on the property. While it does burn hotter and heat faster, it also costs much more than natural gas.
- Natural gas, which requires a connection to a municipal supply. It’s much less expensive than oil, but it still produces greenhouse gasses, which can be minimized with a high-efficiency system.
- Propane, which works similarly to natural gas, but requires you to have a storage tank and regular deliveries. Propane is less expensive than oil, but doesn’t burn as efficiently as regular natural gas.
- Electricity, which uses a device called a heat pump to exchange cool air from inside your house with warmer air outside. They offer a combination of heating and cooling, but don’t work well in harsher climates. Luckily, this means that they’re ideal for the winter climate here in the Bay Area.
Interested in buying a new heating system? Call us today!
Now you know what to look for in a new heating system, trust the experts at ABC Cooling & Heating to help you find the perfect unit for your home and budget. To learn more about our new furnace installation process or to request a free estimate, contact us today.