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What Heating System is Best for My Home?

Being a homeowner is indeed an exciting time for anyone. Most people soon realize, however, that homeownership comes with a lot of responsibility and decision making.

Among these is which heating system is best for your home.

Unfortunately, there is no clear cut answer to this question. Many considerations come into play when picking a heating system.
The key to finding the best one is applying this to your situation. What are the top things to keep in mind when selecting a heating system? Read all about that here. 

The cost factor varies significantly depending on the heating system selected. When thinking about cost, go beyond the initial purchase and unit installation costs.
Research on the associated costs of keeping the system running, including the service and maintenance costs. 
Select a few top options and get these figures down to compare what you get vs. the costs of having the specific heating systems.

Fuel type
Regardless of whether this is a new installation or you are looking to replace your current heating system, the fuel type is a significant consideration.  
Find out if the required fuel options will be available in your home area. The major fuel types are electric, propane, natural gas, coal, solar and fuel oil. 
Finding a heating system supported by fuel that is readily available in your area means you can easily access fuel quickly and more affordably. 

Energy efficiency
Heating units use more energy and cost more than most other systems in your home.  Therefore, finding efficient heating systems put money in your pocket and contribute to environmental conservation.
When finding a home heating system, liaise with your contractor on the efficiency rating of the different systems in the market. You should be able to find one with a good rating at a good cost and that will heat your home effectively.
Ultimately, the higher the appliance's energy rating is, the more efficient it is.
Once you have gotten a good unit, ensure to have it installed by a professional installer. This is one way to ensure the unit runs as it should. Here are more tips on ensuring your heating system runs efficiently. 

Distribution system
Most home heating systems use circulating hot water or forced air to distribute heat. 
Forced air systems are a lot more common and they work by distributing heat through air ducts and registers. Hydronic or water systems, on the other hand, use boilers to heat water. This water is then circulated using copper or plastic piping. 
If you buy an existing home, it’s always advisable to maintain the existing distributing system. If you are purchasing or building your home, figure out whether you want a centralized heating system before you settle on a heating system. 

Home size and climate
If you live in a colder climate with harsh winters, you need a highly efficient system. This will often be much larger. You can go much smaller in temperate climates or live in an area where you only need heating on the odd day when it gets chilly.
Similarly, think about the size of your home and how much space you actually need to heat. Getting a smaller unit can heat the house unevenly. Going large on a small house, on the other hand, is inefficient. 

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