The type of heating system you choose for your Lyndon, KY home will impact your energy bills and your overall comfort. Different houses have different heating needs. If you are thinking of acquiring a home heating system, here are a few things you need to know about your options and how to decide which is best for you.
Fuel Availability and Cost
When it comes to choosing a fuel for your heating system, your house location limits your options. Some fuels are more readily available in some parts of the country than in others.
For people in the Southeast, the most readily available fuel source is electricity or fuel oil. Where natural gas is not available, homeowners have to rely on propane to power their heating systems.
As you buy a heating system, think about the availability of the fuel it uses in your area. Before deciding on a fuel type, compare the prices of fuel available in your area to see which option works best for you.
Heating systems rely on different distribution systems to push the heat throughout your home. Yours will have either a forced-air system or a hydronic system.
The forced air system distributes heat throughout the home through a system of air ducts. The ducts of the forced air system also perform air conditioning functions, and they can filter air. When having a forced-air system installed, it is vital to have the ducts sealed to ensure there are no air leaks.
The hydronic system heats water and moves it through pipes to radiators throughout your house. One advantage of the hydronic system is that the radiators in each room are adjustable. Homeowners can regulate the radiators that emit heat in the rooms to release less or more heat depending on the heating requirements of each room.
Another advantage of the hydronic system is that it’s suitable for people with allergies. The forced air system works by blowing air around your house. Blowing off this air prevents dust from settling, ultimately improving the air quality.
The size of your heating system depends on the heating needs of your house. Proper sizing increases efficiency and comfort. A heating system that is too small will produce less heat than required, and a heating system that is too big will not be as efficient.
An HVAC specialist can calculate the heating load to help you choose the right system for your home. He or she will take into account your home’s square footage and insulation, among other factors, to determine how much heat you need. The technician will also calculate your indoor temperatures during winter to make sure the heating system will produce enough heat.
If you want to replace your heating system, find one that is compatible with your home and its distribution system. If you fail to do this, you will need to change the whole system, including your distribution system, to have a properly working unit.
For example, when replacing your unit, if you used a forced-air distribution system, the ducts in your old system need to be compatible with the new heating system. If you consult a professional about the best heating system to purchase, you can avoid making the wrong choice.
When installing or replacing a heating system, you need to consider both the initial and long-term costs. When it comes to maintaining a heating system, repairs can cost more than replacement. You’re usually better off replacing an old system than repairing it only to need more repairs before long.
If you are considering buying a heating system, think about the available operational and maintenance cost. One heating system can be cheaper to purchase but harder to maintain, and vice versa.
Researching your heating system options can help you make a well-informed choice. Contact our professionals at KLM Heating & Cooling for advice and assistance with all your residential heating needs.
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