The next time you get a hefty gas or electricity bill, your thoughts might turn to your space heating. It is, after all, the largest single component of home energy use. The type of home heating system you have currently can significantly impact both, overall energy costs as well as comfort. In case your current system is older than a decade or two, you might be spending a lot to keep it running. Why not spend that money on a new, more efficient home heating system?
Thanks to technological advancements, the market is flooded with various makes and models of gas, oil and solar home heating systems. But how do you know whether you need a home heating repair or replacement? Also, which one would fit your needs?
Whether you are replacing an older system or buying one for a new home, there are a couple of things you’d do well to keep in mind.
Questions to ask while buying a home heating system:
1. Which is the best home heating fuel?
There is no boilerplate answer to this question. However, it’s worth noting that natural gas is currently the most popular home heating fuel. Oil and solar power are not too far behind though. The advantage of using natural gas is that it prevents carbon monoxide build-up and sends 25% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Gas is also comparatively cheaper than oil.
2. What is the efficiency rating of the furnace or boiler?
You can measure a natural gas, propane and fuel oil based central furnace or boiler’s efficiency by ErP rating. An A-rated boiler has more than 89% efficiency whereas a G-rated one is less than 70% efficient. A boiler’s energy efficiency is the percentage of total energy it uses to heat the home.
3. Which distribution system is better- forced air or hot water?
Both types of distribution systems have advantages as well as disadvantages. On one hand, you can use ducts for central air conditioning, filtering and humidifying the air and to circulate it for ventilation. However, forced air home heating is known to heat up the space unevenly and cause temperature swings.
On the other hand, hydronic systems provide even temperature distribution as well as the ability to use the same boiler used for domestic hot water supply. However, it has a higher cost of installation and doesn’t allow for ventilation, air conditioning and filtering.
Which is the best home heating system to opt for?
While all three have their own merits, a lot of factors need to be taken into account before you buy one. We recommend speaking with an expert on home heating systems and getting a full assessment of your home. And then, based on your requirements, the professional can not only suggest a home heating repair or replacement, but also install it in your home. Contact us now to get in touch with the expert.