Upgrading to a stronger heating system can be an investment that can make your home more comfortable while also improving its resale value as potential buyers are likely to consider the condition of the HVAC system. As you are looking at the options for replacing the HVAC system in your home, there may be some seemingly difficult and competing interests that you will need to balance.
Balance Heating Output With Efficiency
It is tempting to simply opt for the heating system that will provide the home with the most heating output. While this is an important consideration, choosing the largest heating system that you can afford may not be the most efficient or effective option. For example, these systems may struggle with regulating the home's temperature as they will produce too much heat. In addition to the comfort problems this will create, it can also make the home use far more energy than is needed to effectively keep it warm.
Be Mindful Of The Fuel The Heating System Will Use
The type of fuel that the heating system will use can be another important consideration. Typically, heating oil, natural gas, and electric heaters are the most common types found in residential homes. While electric models can be among the models with the easiest maintenance requirements, they may be among the least energy efficient. In fact, natural gas and oil can both provide homes with more efficient heat while also avoiding disruptions due to power outages. However, these units will need to be cleaned far more frequently due to the residues that are left behind from the combustion of the fuel.
Consider The Strain An Electric Heater Will Put On The Home's Electrical System
If you choose to opt for an electric heating system, it is necessary to be mindful of the intense strain it can put on the home's electrical system. For homes that did not previously have electric heating systems, this can be especially problematic as the electrical system may not be compatible with this type of energy demand. If you still choose to opt for an electric, the home's wiring will need to be upgraded to account for this higher demand. Luckily, this will not involve rewiring the entire house. Rather, it will only be necessary to upgrade the lines that will supply power to the heater from the home's primary connection. This can keep the costs and time to install low, which are both important when upgrading to a stronger heating system.
Contact a company like IMS Heating & Air Inc for more information.