Need a new heating system for your home or building? Then you’re probably intimated by the different heating options out there. Choosing an appropriate heating system needs a basic understanding of several factors including the following.
First off, determine which fuels are accessible in your local area. In most parts of the country, the most commonly used fuel is natural gas. If natural gas is not available in your place, you can go for propane or LP gas. Talk to your local heating and cooling contractor for reasonable operating cost estimates for various energy sources or fuel types.
When it comes to distribution system, you can choose between forced air and hot water. In a forced air heating system, the heat is distributed through air ducts and registers. On the other hand, hot water systems use a boiler to heat water which is then circulated through copper or plastic piping. The main advantage of a forced air heating system is that ducts can also be utilized for central air conditioning and for filtering and humidifying the air. The great thing about a hot water system is that it gives off even temperatures and can use the same boiler to provide hot water.
Efficiency should also one of your top priorities when choosing a heating system. The more efficient the system, the less it will cost to operate. The standard heating efficiency ratings are AFUE or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency and HSPF or Heating Season Performance Factor. AFUE is used for systems that use natural gas, fuel oil and propane. HSPF is used for electric heat pumps.
When comparing the heating systems costs, consider not just the initial cost, but also the long-term cost of using and maintaining your system. The Energy Guide Label can help you come up with an estimated annual energy costs for different systems. You can also call your local contractor for estimates. If you need a new heating system, the experts at Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating would always be glad to help.