In general, heating systems can last as long as 20 years with proper maintenance and care. If your heating system in Asheville, NC, requires frequent repairs and doesn’t operate efficiently, it’s time to invest in a new model. Here’s what you need to know about heating systems and how to choose one that’s suitable for your home.

Consider the Upfront Investment

Purchasing and installing a new heating system in your home is a major investment. Therefore, you want to be sure to get things done right the first time.

The initial cost of a new heater can range between $2,500 and $14,000 depending on the type, make and model. Before you start shopping for a new unit, set a reasonable budget and try to stick to it.

Don’t Forget About Compatibility

When you’re shopping for a replacement unit, make sure you’re considering units compatible with your existing home heating setup. That is, unless you’re replacing and installing an entirely new distribution system. Service technicians can help you determine if replacing the same type of unit or installing a new system is best for your budget and home location.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

If you don’t already have one, consider investing in a programmable thermostat for your unit. Programmable thermostats allow you to set different temperatures in your home according to a specific time of day to ensure your home remains comfortable.

For example, you can have the thermostat automatically lower the temperature while you’re away from home to save energy and turn on the heat just before you return to make sure the home is warm when you arrive. Having a programmable thermostat helps you save an average of $300 per year on your heating and cooling costs.

Get the Correct Size

Getting the correct size unit is essential for maintaining efficiency. A unit that’s too big will cost more money because it’ll consume a ton of energy while overcompensating the heating needs of your home. Units that are too big for your home will also start and stop frequently, resulting in extensive wear and tear and increased energy expenses.

A unit that’s too small, on the other hand, won’t have the required capacity to effectively regulate the temperature in your home, which means the unit will struggle to keep up with the demands of the household. As a result, your home won’t fee as comfortable as it should.

HVAC professionals can help you choose a new heating unit that’ll work best in your home. Service technicians will measure your property and ask questions about your needs to determine the right make and model for your home.

Check the Ratings

When the time comes to replace your current unit, look for units that are energy efficient. Typically, the higher the rating, the more efficient the unit. The different ratings are:

  • SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio).
  • HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor.)
  • AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency).
  • EER (Energy-Efficiency Ratio).

If you don’t understand these ratings, be sure to ask your service technician questions about the benefits of a highly rated unit. A professional will offer recommendations based on the local climate, your home’s size and your budget.

Available Features

Each heating system offers different features, which means different levels of comfort for your home. For example, some units are compatible with zoning features to customize the temperature in specific rooms. Your local HVAC experts can help you choose a unit that gives you the best features for your living situation.

At Gentry Heating, Inc. (now Gentry Service Group), we specialize in residential and commercial heating and cooling solutions. Contact us today to learn more about our HVAC services and to schedule an appointment.

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