How to Choose the Ideal Heating Solution for Your Home

As the winter weather gets colder, it becomes more and more essential that you are able to properly and effectively heat your home. There are a wide variety of heating systems available to homeowners on the market, so you need to decide which type is right for you and your home needs. Here are some tips to help you choose the ideal heating solution for your home.

The first thing to do is assess the rooms of your home, your area’s climate as well as your specific needs. All spaces are different shapes and sizes and so they may need something unique from a heating system in order to be efficient and effective.

If you are most concerned about how much energy your home uses, and how much you spend each month on your energy bills, you may consider a heating unit that is energy efficient to save the environment and your wallet! A heat pump is likely the best solution for you. They are often more expensive to purchase and install upfront, however the savings you will accumulate each month on your energy bill will offset that initial investment and give you and great return or ROI. You will not use nearly as much energy to heat your home when you switch to a heat pump. A heat pump turns the outside cold air into warm, toasty air through an energy transference process.

While heat pumps are ideal for certain homeowners, they may not be practical for a home located in a much colder climate. If you live in an area where the temperature drops low during the winter season, you should look into installing a gas furnace which uses either natural or propane gas to keep your home nice and warm. Installing a furnace is much more affordable than a heat pump or electric heating, but they are also not as energy efficient and can raise your monthly energy bill significantly. In exchange, furnaces do not require a lot of maintenance, so the trade off is saving on maintenance fees, even if you do need to pay more for energy monthly. The prices are somewhat offset.

Another option is ideal if you suffer from allergies and cannot rely on natural or propane gas. Consider buying a radiant heating system. These heating solutions use a combo of wiring that is insulated as well as hot water to keep your home warm. Commonly, floors are heated through radiant heating. This works when you a have a mesh layer of heated wire installed beneath your floors. The heat then radiates out from the floor to the ceiling and can efficiently heat your home without irritating allergies from dust or particles being blown through the air by a more traditional heating system.
Finally, be sure that your heating system is not too big or too small. If a system is too small, it may have to overwork to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. If it is too big it may be wasting energy unnecessarily.

All of these tips will help you determine which type of heating solution will suit your home temperature needs. There are lots of options and each has a variety of pros like preventing allergies, as well as a few cons such as if theĀ furnace won’t ignite. Be sure to do your research to find out which one will be right for your home, your budget and your lifestyle.

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