Before Upgrading the Heating System in Your Home, Tackle the Following
Selecting a new heating system may be one of the more complicated challenges you face as a homeowner, and following these three steps before upgrading a heating system will ensure your satisfaction. Heating equipment lasts for many years, and making informed choices from the start of the process will save money and ensure your comfort.
Schedule an Energy Audit
The overall energy efficiency of your home drives the key aspects of choosing new equipment. Learning where you can improve your home’s energy efficiency before starting the selection process helps you save money and energy over the short- and long-term. A professional audit shows where you need insulation and have air leaks. Improving insulation and sealing leaks are both affordable projects that pay off in a lower heating load.
Select an HVAC Contractor
The contractor you choose must have an active HVAC contractor’s license, along with insurance and bonding. If you choose an unlicensed contractor, the manufacturer of the heating system may not honor the warranty. You can go a step further by choosing one with NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certification. Contractors and technicians who have earned this distinction are the most knowledgeable, competent and informed HVAC professionals in the industry.
Perform the Load Calculation
A key exercise before upgrading a heating system is performing the load calculation. The contractor needs to do a full analysis of your home’s energy efficiency and will likely use the results of the energy audit to complete the process. Manual J software takes into account the many factors of your home that contribute to the size of heating system you need.
Installing too small or large a system reduces its energy efficiency, its durability and your comfort. A system that’s too small can’t deliver the amount of heat you need during exceptionally cold weather. One that’s too large will turn on and off frequently, increasing wear, energy consumption and reducing comfort.
The pros at HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited Heating & Air Conditioning provide NATE-certified HVAC and our knowledgeable team members are happy to help you before upgrading a heating system for your Alexandria-area home.
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