With the onset of winters, it’s time we discuss the home heating tips and know how to choose the best heating system for this winter.
Guys, a home heating system is a huge investment, just like an air conditioner or a television. Therefore, you should be considerate about the type of heating system and all the system aspects that you ought to know. (Just remember this thing is going to stay with you for more than 10-15 years, so you got to choose the right one that matches with your requirements and the budget)
Earlier we used to have the traditional style furnace for the heating purpose. The scene has changed a lot these days. Now for a new heating system, you could opt from several home heating options from the furnace, boilers, heat pumps, and many others. This could make the selection part confusing for you!
Let me cut the chase.
Factors to Consider for a Perfect Home Heating Solution
Factors that you need to note are listed below:
If you want to get a comforting experience with your home heater, then it should fit the right size. An over-sized heating system will heat the space quickly, and not letting the system reach its efficient point. This will eventually damage and wear out the unit within a short span.
SEE THE TECHNICAL PART
Before you deploy the home heater, it would be a good idea to test the heating load for your home. For this, things like insulation of the room, window design, and architecture, square footage details, etc. are taken into consideration. By doing so you could get a better estimate of the type and size of the heater system that would work right for your home.
IT’S LONG-TERM BUY!
Of course, it’s a big investment as I mentioned before. Coming to the expenses, apart from the initial costs you need to focus on the monthly energy costs that you would have to pay. Quality home heating systems come with a yellow-colored energy guide on it. Well, you can use it to know the estimates of the energy cost.
Efficiency is indirectly proportional to your energy bills. Higher the efficiency score, lesser money required for the working. This way you could save a lot of your bucks on a yearly basis.
This point is important unless you are replacing the entire heating service. If the hot air system has a duct network, and you want to retain the duct and change the rest of the heating system – find the heater that fits the best for the duct.
Only professionals could suggest you the best heating system for your home and guide you through the changes required.
The heating systems can be based on either forced air or the radiant type.
Comparatively, the radiant system (here the heat exchange to the surrounding place takes place via convection and radiation) is found to be more efficient than the forced one. However, the former one is tricky with the installation.
Once you have considered all the spacing constraint and the fuel supply – you are good to go with the setup. Make sure you find a reliable and skilled technician to do the installation part. If this is not rightly done, it can affect the overall performance and even machine efficiency.
TYPES OF HEATING SYSTEMS
Following are the basic categories of heating systems you can go with -
Although the name has a ‘boiler’ it doesn’t boil anything. Also, in many instances, people use the word furnace in place of boilers, thinking both as same. But they aren’t.
Unlike the forced air setup of the furnace system, the boilers provide the heat to the room with the help of radiators or baseboard heaters on the floor, ceiling or the walls. The goods about this device is the allergy-free heat, and the negative point is the costly installation!
The most common type of heating system used by homes. It maintains the room warmth by blowing warm heat with the use of a duct system. Different types of fuel are used for working for this machine, although the common ones remain natural gas, electricity, and even oil.
3) Heat Pumps
It absorbs the heat from the outside surroundings like the ground, air, and other small bodies of water.
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