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Choosing the Right Heater for Your Home

feet-on-radiatorInvesting in a new heating system is a huge financial decision, so it is important that you do so carefully. There are many factors to take into consideration before you make any final decisions. This is why we always recommend consulting with a professional HVAC contractor in Madera who can walk you through every step of the process.

Selecting the right heater for your home doesn’t have to be so scary, especially if you are aware of your home’s specific needs. So, we have provided a quick guide to selecting a new heater below. Keep reading to learn more, and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. 

Your Guide to Selecting a New Heater

We don’t want you to feel intimated by the process of heater replacement and installation, so we have outlined the steps below:

1. Know When to Replace Your Existing System

For many homeowners, it can be hard to tell when it is time to replace your existing heater. Your heater may need to be replaced if:

  • It’s old: The average lifespan of a heater is anywhere between 10 and 15 years. If your system has aged beyond its limits, it is time for a replacement. Older, outdated heaters are simply not as efficient and current models.
  • It requires frequent repair: If you have found yourself calling for repairs more than just a couple of times per year, it may be that your system is simply worn out.
  • You are paying more for heat: A struggling heater can cause your heating bills to skyrocket. Over time, wear and tear can take a significant toll on your system’s ability to efficiently heat your home.

2. Consider Your Fuel Options

After you’ve determined that it is time to replace your old, outdated heater, the next step is to start considering which fuel option would best suit your needs and your budget. Generally, homeowners tend to fuel their heater with natural gas, as it is super cost-effective and pretty efficient. However, if you live in an area where electricity is rather cheap, choosing an electric-powered system can be much more efficient and effective.

In order to choose, take factors such as the weather, the size of your home, the number of people in your home into consideration to estimate how much it would cost to fuel your home with either a gas or electric-powered heater. If you are unsure, a professional can help you.

3. Have Your New System Properly Sized and Installed

Once you’ve selected an appropriate model, it is important to have it properly sized to meet your home’s specific heating needs. An oversized or undersized unit can cause significant inefficiencies and an increased risk of repair needs. A heater that is too little will be unable to provide sufficient heat while an oversized unit will begin to short-cycle due to its immense power.

After your heater has been properly sized, it can be installed within your home. A professional should always complete your installation to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness.

To learn more about choosing the right heater for your home, be sure to contact Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning.