Heating an older home can sometimes come along with challenges that are not necessarily present in newer homes. As a result, it should come as no surprise that choosing a heating system to install in an older home can sometimes be a task. Fortunately, there are a handful of guidelines you can follow to simplify the process and ensure the home's heating needs are met.
Yes, the heating system is primarily responsible for delivering heat to a home, but the system itself is not the only thing you want to think about when it comes to installing a new system. You must assess the entire house first. For example, even if you select a new unit with an incredible energy-efficiency rating, if the ducts in the home have leaks, the home will not be as comfortable as planned. Take this time to also assess the other elements that go into keeping a home warm.
If your home is very old, there is a good chance that your existing unit operates with fuel. If you have a little extra room in your budget, you want to look for a furnace with a different type of fuel requirement, such as electric or natural gas. The extra money will help cover the cost of any conversion expenses. Electric and natural gas units are not only easier to find with newer systems, but they are also more economical to operate.
Do yourself a favor and do not spend your time looking for a heating system that is exactly like your current system. Not only do you want something newer, but you probably will not find what you already have. New heating systems operate much differently from older units. For instance, older units operated with a single-stage feature, whereas the newer systems have two-stage or higher options. The number of stages the system operates with determines how efficiently the system can match the temperature on the thermostat, so the higher the stage the better.
Again, there is a good chance that your home is not as energy efficient as a new home. You can do yourself a huge favor by looking for a heating system with a high energy-efficiency rating. A higher rating will not necessarily make up for the lack of efficiency you have in other areas of your home, but it can help considerably. If you combine a low-efficiency heating system with a home that already has energy-efficiency issues, your operating costs will be very high, so keep this factor in mind.
To ensure you select the correct system to install, it is always best to consult the technician that will install your new system for selection tips. Contact a company that provides heating system installation services to learn more.