The right heater is critical for your family’s comfort and safety during the year’s cold months. Heaters have a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years, and once they begin to break down frequently, it is time to consider a new option. Before you invest in a new heater, AFC Heating and Cooling wants you to know what to look for when comparing options.
Six Essential Tips for Finding the Right Heater
At AFC Heating and Cooling, we offer a wide range of furnaces and heat pumps to match your specific needs. We will help you select a new heater based on the tips below.
Size is one of the most critical components of your new heater. Heaters that are too large can lead to higher energy costs and wasted energy, while systems that are too small will heat ineffectively. Calculating your size needs involves multiple factors best handled by professionals.
Efficiency relates to the heater’s Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). Choose a heater with a higher HSPF to heat your home efficiently so your heating costs stay more affordable.
Another essential consideration is your heater’s capacity, determined by the BTUs. The HVAC industry measures capacity in tons. Each ton is equivalent to 12,000 BTUs.
You should also examine the heater’s warranty. Look for a long-term warranty, especially on the heat exchanger. Ask if the warranty includes labor, and consider purchasing additional coverage.
Some high-efficiency heaters qualify for rebates and incentives from the government or your local utility company. These units can also help you save money on your yearly heating costs.
6. Duct System
It is also essential to ensure your home’s ductwork is in sound shape before installing a new heater. You should also choose a heater that is compatible with your current ductwork.
Seek Professional Heater Installation
AFC Heating and Cooling is a full-service heating and cooling company that offers installation, repair, and maintenance for heat pumps, furnaces, and ductless systems. We also provide indoor air quality services for our customers. Call us at AFC Heating and Cooling today to schedule an appointment.