How to Choose the Best Heating System

It is very important to make an informed decision when purchasing a heating system for your home, and those who live in Denver, Colorado (or anywhere where the temps drop to frigid at all, for that matter) are all too aware of the cold winters that occur each year. Having a good heating system is vital, and there are many options for heating on the market, but when choosing a heating system there are a few aspects to keep in mind.

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Consider Cost

Heating systems can be expensive, but they are also not something you purchase every day. Good heating systems are an investment if you are buying a quality product. Cheap heating systems might cost you more in the long run, so having a substantial budget for a high-quality unit is the best way to go.

Size of your home 

Heating systems need to be sized to fit your home. You will need to be able to fit the system in your home, therefore it cannot be too big, but you will also need the system to be large enough to efficiently heat your home. 

Where your home is located

When living in Denver, it is not uncommon that the average low temperature in December and January will reach 19-20 degrees Fahrenheit, and freezing temperatures are actually common for over half of the year! When living in a region with a climate that frequently drops below freezing, it is extremely important to have a powerful heating system as compared to someone living on a tropical island.

Efficiency 

Different types of heating systems boast different efficiency levels. Quality furnaces generally come with a high annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. It is preferable to purchase a heating system to an AFUE rating of 80% or more. 

Types of systems

Boilers

Boilers are different from hot water heaters. Boilers heat water, which is turned into steam for heat. The steam is radiated into the home using radiators, panels on the floor and walls, or baseboard heaters. These systems are very quiet due to not using any forced air. Boiler and radiator systems are also easily controlled from room to room which helps to control heating costs, but they are typically more expensive to install.

Furnaces

This type of heating system is done with forced air. The air is first heated, then blown through ducts within the home. Furnaces can be powered by electricity, natural gas, or oil, but are usually very energy efficient. Furnaces are often referred to as HVAC systems because they can be paired with central air conditioning units. Only drawback is that furnaces are a bit noisy, and the systems take a bit more space.

Heat pumps

Heat pumps would not be recommended in Denver unless the home is powered by solar energy. Heat pumps absorb heat from outside the home such as in the air or ground. This heat is transferred into the home using a heat exchanger. Like an HVAC system, heat pumps can also be used to cool in the summer. This is a very cost-effective option for Denver residents that already have solar energy installed in their home. 

Enlist the help of a professional

Only you can decide what fits your home, but a professional can help you make that decision. If you are thinking about replacing your old heating system or installing a new one, contact Go Green Heating & Air, a Denver heating company, or search for a company near your location if you’re not in that area.

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