Buyer’s Guide to A New Heating System

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With the temperatures finally beginning to turn in Houston, fall is definitely upon us. When winter winds come through, it can get cold even here in Texas, where we are known for the heat. While heaters are not used as often here, we need them to work when it does get cold. If you are noticing your heating system is aging and is not performing well, it may be time to invest in a new furnace for your HVAC system.

The rule of thumb is to buy the most efficient model your budget will allow. The more efficient it is, the more money you will save using it. There are some other factors to consider as well when buying a new furnace.

What Type Of System?

Central HVAC systems can either be a split layout or a packaged layout. Each has its own applications and benefits.

Split systems consist of a single indoor unit that has the condensing unit (for cooling) on top of the furnace along with the evaporator coil. The problem with split systems for some is that they may not have a basement or roomy attic where they would have room for a large indoor unit. People in these types of homes opt for the packaged system.

A packaged system combines your heating and cooling parts of the system into one unit that is housed outdoors, eliminating not only the space needed indoors but also noise. A split system enclosure should be insulated and sound dampeners added to increase noise reduction.

What Type Of Fuel?

You have several options when it comes to the type of fuel your new furnace will use. The main sources are gas, electric and oil. You should know more about each fuel source before making a decision.

If you are seeking the most economical method of heating, gas furnaces win every time and give you the most bang for your buck.

An oil or propane powered furnace is also economical but costs slightly more than gas and runs dirtier as well. Additionally, large amount of storage is needed for propane or oil.  It is, however, an option in rural areas or older homes that do not have gas lines.

Electric is the third and least popular choice due to its drain on your wallet. A more economical type of electric heating option is an electric heat pump. It pushes hot or cold air from one area of the house throughout using a little less electricity.

Climate Zones

Depending on the construction of your home, different rooms will heat or cool quicker. A heater with a zoning system helps maintain a balanced temperature and reduces wasteful heating. Your home is divided into zones controlled by their own thermostat. Inside your ducts are dampers or blend doors that open or close to only allow heat into the zones that need it. This is a more proactive approach to whole home heating.

Does The Blower Vary Speed?

Some furnace blowers are able to change speed to better regulate temperature. If you are willing to pay extra, variable speed is beneficial as it provides a more steady temperature.

Get The Right Size For The Job

Going with a smaller unit to save money right now will end up costing you more in the end. A system that is too small for your square footage will have to work harder and wear out prematurely.

Get The Warranty Terms

Make sure the warranty terms are favorable. Most manufacturers offer at least a 10-year parts warranty. Keep in mind this doesn’t cover labor or coolant. Read the warranty coverage terms carefully, and you will be able to make an good decision from there.

Rebates, Cash Back & Other Incentives

Always ask your dealer what rebates or incentives a particular manufacturer is offering on their unit. You would be surprised at the amount of money you can save.

That wraps up our guide on buying a new heater. If your heating system needs to repaired or replaced, contact Cypresscreek AC and Heat for high quality work at an affordable price.