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Things To Consider When Buying A Home Heating System

Jan 25, 2023 | Heat Pump


It may be time for your heating system to be replaced if it is not keeping you warm or comfortable. You shouldn’t take a heater installation in Knoxville, TN as a short-term investment. You should always look at it in the long term. These are some factors to consider when shopping for a new heating system for your home:

Power Levels

Heating systems can provide heat according to your home’s needs. Heating systems that are too small can run all day, but not keep your home warm. The heater that is too big for your home will heat up too fast and then turn off because the cool outside air lowers the temperature.

The heating system will need to use more energy to turn on or off because of this short cycling. It can also increase energy costs. The heating system’s wear and tear can be increased by short cycling. Make sure the heating system in Knoxville you buy is the right size.

The Climate at Your Location

Consider the winters in your area before you decide on a heating system. If your climate is sub-zero, a furnace will work well. Furnaces generate heat using standard combustion processes. If your climate is mild, heat pumps are suitable.

Layout of ductwork

It is important to take into account the ductwork layout when you are looking at a home heating system. This determines how powerful it will be. A larger home with a lot of ductwork will require a stronger unit than homes that are smaller. If your home does not have ductwork, you may need to install it or select a heating system without ducts.

Your heating system choice will also depend on the age of your ductwork. You should ensure that the ductwork in your home is compatible and up-to-date with the heating system you are considering to purchase. Before you buy a heating system, it is best to have a professional HVAC contractor inspect the condition of your ductwork.

The System’s Efficiency

You need a heating system that is energy efficient and doesn’t cost you a lot in energy bills, whether it’s an electric heat pump or a furnace that burns propane, fuel oil, or natural gas. You should choose a heating system that has a higher energy rating. To measure the efficiency of a heat pump, you should look for the HSPF. The AFUE is the fuel percentage the furnace can convert to heat.

Total Costs

Apart from the initial purchase price of a heating system, it is important to factor in other costs such as operational and maintenance expenses. You should ensure that the heating system you are purchasing is cost-effective and will last for the long term. A professional heating contractor can help you to determine the cost of maintenance, repairs, and other operating costs for different heating systems in order to make a decision that is favorable.

Energy Source

It is important to research the fuel options available in your area before you buy a heating system. This will allow you to determine if it is cost-effective and what fuel type your home can handle. Learn about the fuel options and determine if they are right for you. Ask an HVAC contractor to do the math. They will advise you on the best energy source for your home.

Call J.C.’s Heating and Air today if you are shopping for a heating system that’s best suited for your home.

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Knoxville, TN 37921

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