Your Heating Replacement Options to Increase Efficiency
It's that time of the year when you start thinking about replacing your heating system. You might want to try something this year rather than putting off dealing with your heating problem for another few months. Here are some ideas to guide you in choosing a heating replacement that will improve not only the efficiency of your home but also keep your indoor air quality high.
Types of Heating Systems
First, you have the option to choose the type of heating system you want to have installed, including:
- Geothermal Heating and Cooling—geothermal HVAC systems can do a lot to reduce energy waste for heating and cooling. These are specially designed heat pumps that use thermal exchange with the ground through a circuit of pipes that fluid flows through. The geothermal ground loop supplies the heat pump with thermal energy to reduce the energy consumption of your heating and cooling system.
- Electric Heat Pumps—Another option to consider is an electric AC heat pump, which can provide heating and cooling, though they might need an auxiliary heat source for the coldest winter weather. Heat pumps provide an efficient solution that can replace both conventional furnaces and air conditioners. They are a great option for a single solution for all your home's heating and cooling needs.
- Central Forced Air Systems—Today, there are also options for the conventional forced-air HVAC systems, which use a furnace and air conditioner. When replacing your furnace today, there are options for high-efficiency gas and electric systems. This is an affordable solution for your heating replacement if you are looking for something budget-friendly.
- Radiant Heating—Another option to consider for your heating replacement is radiant heating. In colder climates, radiant heating is an ideal solution because of its efficiency and even its heating. Today, there are also options for in-floor radiant heating, which provides even more advantages, such as the heating system not being visible and more efficient heat distribution.
You want to find the right type of heating system if you want to reduce your energy costs this winter.
Additional Heating Efficiency Improvements
In addition to choosing the right heating system for your home, you also want to consider additional heating improvements. Options to consider for these improvements include:
- Advanced Heating System Controls—Another option to consider is smart heating system controls, which start with a zoned design and include controls that are programmable and allow you to set the settings to maximize efficiency and comfort. The great thing about smart controls is that they memorize settings over time and can automatically adjust the system to your needs.
- Variable Speed Technology—You might have heard of variable speed technology, which includes motors for things like the blower fan. Today, there are also heat pumps that have variable speed designs. These features operate by providing the energy that is needed to heat and cool your home, rather than operating at full capacity every time they come on.
- Improved Ducts—The ductwork if you have a forced-air system is also important. Consider improvements like updating insulation and making changes that improve the airflow of your HVAC system. The improvements to the ductwork can reduce the energy that is lost as the air is distributed through the ducts.
- Radiator Thermostats—If you are installing a radiant heating system, then the radiators can also be improved. You can install more efficient radiator designs with thermostats that allow you to control the temperatures of radiators separately.
The right additional improvements to your heating replacement project can maximize the efficiency of your new system
If you are ready for a new heating system before the cold weather hits, call a heating replacement service to discuss these options for your home.
13 October 2021