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Replacing Your Heater? Here’s How to Choose a Good One

checklistReplacing your heater may feel like a pain. After all, who would get excited about buying a new heater? But if you take a look at the expense of your current heater, and compare it to an estimate of the cost for a new heater… Well, all that money you’ll be saving might be a very good reason to get excited.

Plus, choosing a new heater means the opportunity to try something new. There have been plenty of advancements in heating technology in the last decade, so it can really pay off to have your installation guided by a heating expert in Riverside, CA. Keep reading and we’ll explain how to choose a good heater.

Systems and Features

Our first suggestion would be to start researching other options for heating. Your current system might be perfect for you, but you may also find that another heating system could be what you’ve needed all along.

For example, many homeowners install furnaces because they’re reliable and popular. But if you’ve ever thought to yourself how great it would be to control the temperature of each room individually, then you may be better off with a ductless heat pump.

Start thinking about how well your current heating system does or not satisfy your needs. From there, you can look into the features of new systems to see if they’ll improve your life.

Efficiency Ratings

Next, after choosing the type of system you want, you can start looking into efficiency ratings. Now, this can get confusing when you start looking at all the different ratings: AFUE, SEER, HSPF… They’re all calculated differently, but what they essentially boil down to is rating how well they’re able to convert fuel into usable heat.

You’ll definitely want an efficiency rating better than your current heater, but you may even want to go beyond that. A higher efficiency rating will help lower your monthly utility costs, but you can count on it being more expensive upfront. We suggest looking at your monthly spending over the years and estimating just how beneficial it would be to lower that cost.

Fuel Type

The cost of natural gas is much lower than the cost of electricity. Therefore, choosing to use a natural gas system over an electric one may seem like the obvious choice. This is one of the reasons that many natural gas furnaces owners stick with their furnace instead of trying another system.

However, what those homeowners should consider is that an electric system like a heat pump is far more efficient. When all the costs are tallied up, you might find that a heat pump is better than the furnace. But again, that decision will require you to think about installation and unit costs, so it’s best to make these calculations and estimates alongside a professional.

If you’re in the market for a new heater, give yourself plenty of time to do the research. If you need help, contact A-Avis Home Services Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Like our shoe covers, our customers are the coolest!

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