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Are you planning on buying or upgrading a heating system in the near future? This is a great time to save some money and find better ways to heat your home…as long as you know what you’re doing! Let’s go over an important checklist for picking out and buying the right new heating system.
Size Your Home Properly
Heating systems are designed to heat a certain amount of space, based on the amount of heat they produce and their overall power. Start by finding the square footage that you need to heat in your home, and only look for heating units that fall within that range. A heating system rated for a smaller area will run too long and too hard trying to heat your home. A system rated for a larger area will constantly turn off and on, wasting energy.
Check Efficiency Ratings
Most heating systems include efficiency ratings that you can use to compare similar heating options once you have the type of unit narrowed down. These efficiency ratings are an important part of your heating system: Better ratings will lead to more money saved and may allow you to significantly lower your monthly bills. The ratings are also a good way to compare overall quality and value for the cost.
Look for the Right Compatibility
There’s a lot of different types and ages of HVAC systems out there. If you are only buying a new heating unit, then you need to make sure that the unit is compatible with all your current home’s components. That includes wiring, ductwork, thermostats, space and much more. If you have any doubts that the system will be compatible, then you should always consult an expert during your buying process to make sure that there won’t be any problems.
Arrange a Professional Installation
Heating units can be difficult to install properly, especially if you don’t have much experience with these types of installations. It’s a good idea to contact a local professional and arrange for a professional installation so they can make sure that nothing goes wrong. Professionals will also be able to make sure your system and installation meeting local building codes and safety requirements so that there are no fire hazards.
Check for Local Rebates and Credits
This is particularly important if you picked a very efficient model or an Energy Star rated system. There could be local rebates at the city or state level for making the switch, as well as tax credits. Don’t let these savings slip past!
Do you have questions about efficiency, compatibility with your house, or installation? We can help! Contact Elite AC to learn more and arrange a service appointment.