With any major purchase, research is required. For me I love to shop around, read some reviews and then know I am making an informed decision. A heater device is a huge investment. Not only is it quite costly, but it is going to live in your home around 15 years with proper maintenance. That is a long time to hate something. A lot of people just pick what their friends have or choose the same system that was in the house before. Hunt around to find the best option for you! After you have chosen the perfect heating system, what do you do next?
Picking the right heater is step one. Step two is choosing the right HVAC business to install your heating equipment. Finding the right HVAC contractor is key. Go online and look at the different businesses in your area and compare. A good thing to look up is the Better Business Bureau rating. Typically this rating is right on the company website. Another thing I look for is if the HVAC technicians are licensed, bonded and insured. Do they have NATE certification? That is a nice bonus to have, but not totally necessary. Another factor I look into is the company policies. Do they offer same day service? Do they have 24 hour emergency service? What about free estimates? I like when the website makes a point to let me know I will speak to a live representative on my call. I also look to see how long the company has been in business and if they are family owned and/or operated. That is just my opinion however. Finally, another good idea is to look at the company reviews. Read what other customers have to say about their experience. You want to pick a HVAC business that you can keep around as long as your heating equipment.
For years I lived in the north and froze my butt off during the winter. Winter basically started at Halloween and did not end until well after Easter. I got sick of the cold and moved down south. One of the things that surprised me most about the south was that I still needed heating equipment. I assumed southerners only relied on cooling systems. There is a winter season in the south, it is shorter and not as severe as compared to the north. However, I have to say that I could not get by without some form of heating in my southern home.
What type of heater should a southern household use? For me, I will always advocate getting a heat pump system. Whether you pick to have a ductless, electric or geothermal option doesn’t matter. A heat pump is a heat pump. You get both heating and cooling in one single device. How is this possible? The heat pump doesn’t create heat energy, it simply moves it either inside or outside through a loop system. Since the heat is not actually created with fuel, a heat pump is the most efficient HVAC system out there. Another benefit is that you only then have a single system to get repairs, maintenance and tune ups on. I like that anytime the HVAC technician comes into my home, my entire system is being cared for.
Let’s face it, northern winters are brutal. They start early and linger for a very long time. Fall and spring are really just less cold portions of the winter. That is why when winter is coming, a northerner needs to be prepared. What kind of heating equipment do you have in your house? Do you own the right heating component for the climate that you live in? In the north, a hearty heater is highly recommended. Being a northern gal for most of my life, I can easily recommend some very nice heaters that help a person get by in the north.
A boiler system can heat an entire home or even a giant building with little no problem. A lot of people are scared away because boilers of the past were giant, ugly and not very energy efficient. Consider a modern boiler for your northern home! A modern boiler system uses green energy in order to work. There are no vents or flue systems to emit toxins or harmful gasses in the air. A brand new boiler is said to reduce heating costs by 90%! This is due to the system using less water and around 90% less fuel. Once you own that brand new boiler, it is super easy to maintain and operate the system. The condenser boiler monitor is as easy as turning a few knobs. With this new heating equipment, really it should be maintained twice a year.
What if you don’t like the idea of a boiler system? A lot of northern homes elect then for a gas fireplace or perhaps a gas furnace. What is the main difference between these two systems? Simple, ductwork! A gas fireplace is that big system with a faux fire burning in the living room. You know how much heat you are getting because you can feel it come from the vents. A fireplace is certainly more attractive and no heat gets lost in the ductwork. However, not every area of the home can be heated with a fireplace. Most homes that rely on that style of heater choose to get a secondary one for the bedroom or second floor. A gas furnace uses ductwork stretched in the walls and ceilings in order to move heat from room to room. If you are on it to keep the ductwork clean and free of holes, this might be a better option.