If your heating system didn’t quite keep you warm and comfortable this winter, and you know it is aged and maintenance won’t do the trick for your old house, it’s time to start exploring your options. If you have already decided on investing in a new heating system for your home, our St. Louis Furnace Repair technicians can point you in the right direction and help you identify the perfect electric or gas heater to meet your home’s needs. Here is a quick guide for you.
Choosing a new heating system for your older home
Finding the right electric or gas heater involves more than just choosing a brand. It’s important that you choose the right system to ensure your comfort and will help save fuel and energy. When making a choice, consider the following variables.
It’s important to choose a heating system that is appropriate for the climate in your area. Let’s have a look at various heating options.
Furnace: Furnaces burn propane, natural gas, electricity or oil to create heat for your home. This heat is distributed via a motorized blower and ductwork. Furnaces are more commonly used in colder climates
Boiler: These heating systems heat water to provide warmth. These use electricity, propane, natural gas or oil, and distribute heat throughout the home via pipes to baseboard heaters, radiant floor systems, and steam radiators. Boilers are commonly used in cold climates
Heat pump: These are more commonly used in moderate climates. Split heat pump and packages system do not create heat. They transfer it from one location to another, i.e. from the indoors to outdoors in summer and outdoors to indoors in winter. Heat pumps use natural gas or electricity and distribute heat via a motorized blower and ductwork.
Geothermal heat pumps: These heat pumps take advantage of the earth’s constant temperatures to heat homes.
Electric heating systems: These heaters have lower purchase price compared to gas options, and pose a lower risk of residents. Electric heating systems also require less maintenance but have higher operating costs.
Gas heaters: These are less expensive to operate because of lower fuel costs and perform better in very cold temperatures. However, they also need a larger initial investment, longer installation times and more maintenance compared to electric heat systems.
Consider your existing infrastructure. For example, if your home has proper infrastructure for a boiler, it won’t be viable to replace it with a ducted furnace.
Available fuel sources
Every home has access to some utilities but different regions experience price fluctuations in fuel sources depending on their availability.
St. Louis HVAC experts recommend that you should look for electric and gas heating systems bearing the Energy Star Label.
- Go for AFUE ratings of 90 percent or higher for gas boilers and 87 percent or higher for oil boilers
- Energy star’s most efficient heat pumps have higher SEER, HSPF and EER ratings, and use about five percent less energy than basic models
- Energy star geothermal systems are about 45 percent more efficient compared to standard options, and starting Dec 31, 2016, are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit
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