Do you need a new heating unit? If your heating unit is old or no longer functioning, a new one could be a considerable improvement. Heating unit technology has advanced significantly in recent years. Newer units can provide comfort and energy efficiency that aren't available with older units. Not all units are the same, and not all heating unit installation companies are the same. It's important to ask the right questions before installation to get the most value possible from your new unit.
What’s the Right Size Heating Unit for Your Home?
Bigger isn't always better when it comes to heating units. You may think a bigger unit will heat your home more quickly or provide more comfortable temperatures. However, air ducts can only carry so much hot air through your home. If you purchase an oversized unit, you may pay higher utility costs and not realize any benefits. Getting the right size for your home is important, not the biggest. Ask your installer what the right size is for your home. They also may want to inspect your ductwork and repair any gaps, cracks, or other openings that leak air. By sealing those openings, you may get by with a smaller, more efficient unit.
What Are the Terms of the Warranty?
Many installers offer warranties on new units. However, it's important to read the fine print. Some warranties require you to meet maintenance standards, like regularly changing the air filter or having maintenance done once a year. Make sure you read the warrant carefully so you comply with the requirements. If you have a problem with the unit in the future and haven't kept up with the terms of the warranty, you may not receive the benefits.
What Is the Energy Efficiency of the Unit?
Energy efficiency is a critical element to evaluate before you choose a new unit. A more energy-efficient unit will save you money in the long run with lower utility costs. An energy-efficient unit will likely last longer and require less maintenance over time as it doesn't have to work as hard to provide the desired heat level. That means reduced maintenance costs and a longer period before you have to replace it. Your installer should be able to provide the unit's estimated lifetime operating costs, SEER ratings, and Energy Star certification so you can evaluate its efficiency and compare it to others.
Contact a heating unit installation company today to learn more. They can inspect your system and recommend the right unit for your home.