How to Choose the Right Home Heating System

Whether you are building, remodeling or upgrading a home, choosing home heating in Duluth, MN will eventually enter the picture—especially as temperatures start to drop. Many customers find there are more heating options than they expected and need guidance when it is time to make an informed decision. If a new home heating system is in your near future, here are five factors to help you in that decision:

  • Power source: The power source for your heating system narrows down your options. If you are nowhere near a gas line, choosing a system that is dependent on natural gas is impossible. However, if your home already has an oil tank, using heating oil as a primary fuel source remains an option. Contact your heating contractor or local utility companies to see what energy sources are available to you. From there, you can determine your most feasible options.
  • Distribution system: If you are building a new home, you are starting from scratch and have more options. Furnace systems require ductwork to distribute heat, and that adds the advantage of making central air conditioning easier to install. Boiler systems heat homes by running hot water through a series of pipes and radiators. For existing homes, an assessment can reveal which of these systems is available to you. If you already have boiler pipes or ductwork, changing to a completely new system will take a long time and incur heavy costs. It is more economical to stick with your current system, unless your home is undergoing major remodeling.
  • Personal preferences: Furnaces create a dry heat system where air constantly blows around your home. This can create uneven heating pockets and drafts. Boiler heat is more even and adds humidity to the air, which offers considerable relief when someone is suffering a cold. If you would rather have even heating and heated floors, boilers are likely your best option. But if you want to make use of current ductwork and do not care about drafts, furnaces will likely still leave you happy.
  • Efficiency: Today’s homeowners are valuing efficiency more than in decades past. An efficient heating system costs less to operate, and when you choose the right system, it will pay for itself with lower heating bills. Newer furnaces can offer efficiency ratings of 78 to 96 percent, especially if you choose gas, propane or oil. Since boilers constantly demand power to boil water, they are less efficient. Older boilers offer an efficiency rate of 55 to 65 percent, but newer models are required to offer at least 80 percent. You can enhance their efficiency by installing a programmable thermostat so their power demands decrease.
  • Budget: When you consider budget, do not limit that to the cost of the system and its installation. Include the long-term costs of maintenance and operation. An inexpensive system now may result in less efficiency and higher costs later. When you secure an estimate, ask about future maintenance and how much you will pay for it.

ASP offers home heating system installation in Duluth, MN. Contact us today if you would like an assessment and estimate.