When shopping for a new home heating system, there are certain factors you should consider carefully. These factors include:
Cost, in this case, refers to the amount of money you are willing to spend to install a new heating unit. In general, the cost of installing new home heating systems ranges from $1,000 to $3,500. Expect to fork an extra $500 to $1,000 if you want install a high efficiency heating system. With this in mind, purchase a heating system that makes sense in relation to your home heating expenses. This means you should purchase a heating system with the highest heating efficiency possible if your home heating costs are high. In this case, cost is justifiable considering the energy savings benefit alone.
Home Heating Costs
Besides the cost of a heating unit, consider your home heating costs as well. You can easily calculate an approximate figure by deducting summer home heating costs from winter heating costs. Add these expenses throughout the year to determine your annual heating costs. Use this information to determine the financial implications of purchasing an expensive heating unit with a high AFUE rating versus a cheaper unit with lower AFUE rating. To understand this better, assume you spend $500 on home heating bills. If you install a heating unit with AFUE rating of 80%, your annual savings would be about $125 (25 cents per dollar). In comparison, you would save about $175 (35 cents per dollar) annually if you installed a heating system with a higher AFUE rating of 93%.
Check the AFUE rating of heating units. Manufacturers of heating units give efficiency ratings figures as percentages. A high AFUE rating generally translates to better heating efficiency. According to the Federal Appliance Energy Standards of 1993, heating units should have AFUE ratings of at least 80%. Thanks to technological advances, the efficiency of some heating units is as high as 96%.
Some of the key factors to consider when shopping for a new heating unit include cost, heating efficiency rating, and home heating costs. In addition, hire a qualified and licensed (Contractors State Licensing Board licensure) contractor to carry out the installation.
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