5 Considerations for Choosing a New Heater

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

It’s important to watch for signs that your furnace is on its way out, so you can get a new one before you’re left cold in the middle of winter. Some of the signs that you should pay attention to include an increase in your utility bills, ineffective heating, and the age of your heater. If it’s over 10 years old, it’s probably time for a new heating installation. So what should you look for in the new equipment that you choose? Consider the following 5 things.

Energy Ratings

Look at the ENERGY STAR rating of each heater that you’re considering. You want one with a great rating, because then you’ll know that the equipment will have better efficiency. This will save you money in the long run and ensure that your equipment will have optimal performance.

Space Size

You need to make sure that the heater can handle the size of your home. Consider the square footage of your home as you determine how large the heater needs to be in order to keep your home warm. If you get one that can’t handle the size of your home, it will have to work overtime to keep your home warm. You should make sure that you have the space in your furnace room for the heater that you want, too.

Location

Think about where you live and the weather that you have. Are you permitted to burn firewood in your home? Can you dig up your yard to add a geothermal system? Make sure the heater that you use will work for the location of your home.

Budget

What is your budget? What can you afford for your furnace? You’re going to want to purchase a quality furnace. You may need to shell out a little more money than you were expecting to spend in order to get the best heater for your home.

Tax Credits

There are heaters available that can offer you tax credits. A professional can help you know the ones that are eligible for the tax credit. This can also help you save money with the heater that you purchase.

If you’re still wondering about how to choose the right heater and which one is right for you, the experts Cool Air Mechanical can talk to you about your home and your heating installation needs to help you choose the right one. We can also answer your questions about finding one with high ENERGY STAR ratings and tax credits to help save you money in the long run.

 

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Top 4 Heating System Tips for Your Home!

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Cool Air Mechanical_September_Top 3 Heating System Tips for Your Home!_Image 1(1)Are you ready for the cold months that are rapidly approaching? Paying attention to your heating systems can help you have a smoother, warmer winter free from any heating problems. Read about 4 top tips for caring for your home’s heating system, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing things are all taken care of with help from Cool Air Mechanical.

Glass

The first thing to check out in your home is any glass, like windows and glass doors, on an exterior wall. Add plastic film to glass doors and windows to serve as an insulator. Keep curtains drawn when it is dark to keep more of your heated air in, and open your curtains and blinds during the sunniest parts of the day to let light in and generate some heat. Even small steps like these can help with that energy bill at the end of the month.

Doors

Next, check out your door situation. Update and replace your weather stripping, adjust the door thresholds making sure no light comes in around the edges, and check for cold air creeping in when your doors are closed. Paying to heat your home, and then letting that air steadily leak out into the elements is not a wise financial decision.

Holes

Finally, look for other leaks and holes, and address them as soon as possible. First, find drafts throughout your home, then seal them to keep the heated air inside your home. One easy way to check for drafts is to light a candle or stick of incense and watch for a flicker as you slowly trace the edges of suspect areas. Cold air is another obvious sign. Air can escape up chimneys, through holes in exterior walls, around the edges of electrical outlets, into your attic, and in other places you might not think of, so take the time to look for all possible costly leaks.

Scheduled Maintenance

Though these tips will help you save on a heating bill, one thing will save you more than anything else: professional maintenance. There are only a few ways to catch a potential costly problem, and the easiest and most cost effective is to schedule maintenance with Cool Air Mechanical. A safety check and tune up is essential to check whether the system is running effectively, and the cost of a tune-up usually will pay for itself in savings on your utilities bill. Though checking your home for leaks is important, nothing is more important for your safety and your pocketbook than booking an appointment for your heating system today.

For more energy-saving tips, check out more of our blog posts, or call a professional from Cool Air Mechanical.

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