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How to Find a Heater that Works for Your Home

Riverside, CA heating services need to adapt to a wide variety of homes and needs. Ours is a fairly old city by Southern California standards, and we have our share of stately older homes from the heyday of orange farming. But we’re also a vibrant and growing city, which means plenty of modern houses adopting 21st century designs. Heating systems need to be as varied as the homes themselves, tailored both to the space they need to heat and the owner who wants to heat them. When you go looking for a new heater, it pays to consider your unique circumstances in making the decision. Here are some tips on how to find a heater that works for your home.

For starters, you want to size a heater properly to match your space. We like to call it the Goldilocks rule: your heater should be neither too small (in which case it won’t be able to warm your home) nor too large (in which case it will cycle on and off rapidly, wasting energy), but just right. Sizing a heater includes such elements as the amount of insulation in your home and the amount of exposure to sunlight, as well as the square footage.

From there, you need to consider the type of heater you want. Most people think of traditional gas furnaces, which use a system of ducts to blow hot air into your home. That’s a standard option, but you might also want to think about a heat pump, which combines the features of a heater and an air conditioner into a single unit. Heat pumps use less energy than traditional furnaces and work extremely well in places with mild winters like ours.

Finally, you should think about specific features of your heater, such as zone control systems that allow you to heat just one or two parts of your home at a time, or thermostats with specific features like programmable start and stop times. Such features aren’t always necessary, but they can work well for homes of a certain type.

For professional heating service in Riverside, CA – including installation and repair options – talk to the experts at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. We can show you how to find a heater that works for your home, then set up an installation schedule that works for you. Pick up the phone and call us today!

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