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A Guide to Choosing the Right Heater

Monday, January 21st, 2019 at 11:00 am

portrait of Hands of woman holding white paper houseWe’re lucky to live in a subtropical climate like ours. We don’t really experience severely cold temperatures during winter, but it still gets cold enough for you to worry about the efficacy of your furnace system. Do you feel like your heater just hasn’t been cutting it this year? It’s common for homeowners to feel that way during this time of year. If you’re coming home from the cold, turning on your heater, and waiting for comfort that just doesn’t seem to come then it might be time to consider an upgrade. Here at Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. we work alongside the best brands like Bryant and Trane so that we can always assure that you get the best quality heating in your home.

If you’re looking to install a new heater in Palm Bay, FL this winter, don’t settle for anything less than the best—contact our team.

How to Know When It’s Time to Replace

You need to be absolutely sure that it’s time to replace your heating system when it’s time for an upgrade. But how can you be so sure? Here are a couple of guidelines:

  • Your heater is 15 years or older
  • You constantly have repair needs every heating season
  • You hear alarming noises (rattling, banging, grating, etc.)
  • You turn your thermostat up high but never seem to feel warm
  • You see an excess amount of dust or lint in your home

If you’re experiencing one of these problems or a combination of a few of these problems, it’s a really great idea to have a professional from our team come out and service your heating system.

A Quick Guide

So here’s how you can choose the best heater for your home.

Pay Attention to Energy Ratings

The vast majority of homeowners across the country choose to heat their home with a forced-air furnace system. If you’re going to go with a furnace, make sure that you familiarize yourself with AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Ratings) ratings before you shop around. You want a furnace with a high AFUE rating because this rating denotes the heat the furnace can deliver relative to the amount of fuel consumed. Standard furnaces have a rating of 78-84% but newer units can be even higher.

Consider Fueling

Do you want to fuel your heating system with gas or electricity? It’s a big question. Most people choose to heat their home using natural gas because it’s such a cost-effective means of heating. Electric systems are still a great way to fuel your home here in Palm Bay too—people shy away from electric fueling in colder climates, but our mild winters make us great candidates.

Consider the needs of your home (weather patterns, number of people, the size of your space) and consider how much it would cost to fuel your home with your preferred means of power. We can help you calculate this process and match you with the perfect make and model system.

Get it Sized

The size of your heating system matters. It’s one of the most important factors you need to consider before buying, so have a professional from our team size your system. If your system is undersized, you’ll never provide adequate heating for your home and if it’s oversized, you’ll run into the energy-inefficient short cycling (your heating system rapidly switching on and off) problem.

We encourage you to get help from one of our professional technicians. When you want great heating recommendations, contact our team at Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc.

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