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Let Us Schedule New Heating Systems in Panama City

Published on: December 28, 2012

If you are considering having a new heating system installed in your Panama City home, you will want to think about more than just the cost. Your heating system needs to meet the needs of your household and it also should be cost effective to run. The structure and age of your home also helps determine the best type of heater for your home. Here are some things you should talk about when you schedule services for heating systems in Panama City.

Types of Heating Systems

While most people use a furnace to heat their homes, radiant heating systems and heat pumps are also becoming popular. Furnaces use a fuel, which is normally a natural gas, to produce combustion that heats air. Heated air is then blown into the ducts in your home and out through the vents. Furnaces can be very energy efficient and they are usually easy to install. 

Radiant heating systems are not as common because they are more complex to install. Water is heated in a boiler and travels through pipes in your home. These pipes are usually located in your walls, ceiling or floor, and they radiate heat. This is considered to be the most natural feeling heating available. The drawback of these systems is that it takes a while for them to begin heating your home and repair work can be difficult and expensive. 

Heat pumps are a relatively new form of heating, and they are very energy efficient. Instead of creating heat, they remove heat from the air and deliver it into your home. Since they do not create warmth, they can be close to 100 percent energy efficient. The main problem with these systems is that they do not perform well in sub-zero temperatures, but that is rarely an issue in Florida. Heat pumps are very popular because they help cool your home in the summer and provide heat in the winter.

Reducing Your Heating Load

In addition to determining which type of heater will work best for your home, you will also want to consider heating capacity. Heating capacity refers to the amount of heating power your equipment produces. Your heating load is the amount of energy required to heat your home. Your heating load is determined by your climate, the construction of your home, the condition of your ducts and your insulation. 

While you cannot change your home’s climate or construction, you can ensure that you have proper insulation and that your air ducts are free of leaks. Doing so can reduce the heating load of your home and allow you to purchase a less expensive heating system. If you are concerned about your home’s ability to retain warm air, you should consider a home energy audit. Technicians can locate problem areas in your home, allowing you to resolve them before your installation.

Energy Efficiency

Along with a heater that is able to keep your home warm, you will also want to consider the energy efficiency of the systems you are looking into. It is often tempting to purchase a less expensive heater. While your purchase price may be lower, these heaters will end up costing more in energy consumption.  This is why you should compare both installation prices and operating costs of running your new system when comparing heaters.

The best way to compare different heaters is to look at their annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings. AFUE ratings are a standardized measure of energy efficiency. These numbers represent efficiency in percentages. Heaters with AFUE ratings of 90 and higher are considered to be very energy efficient. 

In addition to choosing a heater with a high AFUE rating, you may also want to look into energy efficient add-ons for your new system. The most common one is a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats are relatively inexpensive, but they can greatly reduce your heating costs. When you are away from home, your heater continues to run and heat your home. This can waste 8 hours of heating or more per day. With a programmable thermostat, you can set your heater to do less work when you are gone and turn back on before you arrive home.