One of the most common questions that Florida homeowners have when replacing their heating system is which heater is right for them. After all, living in the Sunshine State means homeowners don’t need the same heavy-duty heating systems as homeowners up North.
If you’ve already started to explore your options, chances are you’ve noticed the seemingly endless range of heating systems available. While the sheer number of options can make your decision difficult, you may also not know what you need to look for in a heating system. When you pay attention to a few features, you’ll be able to narrow down your list to a few top options.
The Heating Capabilities
All heating systems have a BTU rating, which is one of the most important factors to focus on when making your selection. BTU, or British thermal units, is a type of measurement that is used to tell you how much space the heater is designed to heat. You will need to know the square footage of the area in your home you need to heat with the unit. Then, you can use a BTU chart online to determine the right system for your needs.
The Energy Efficiency
In Florida, you may not use a heating system that often, but you still don’t want to pay a fortune on heating bills when you do. Some homeowners will invest in an HVAC unit that has both heating and cooling capabilities, and with this type of unit, you may be using it year-round for climate-control benefits. You can determine the energy efficiency of an HVAC unit by the SEER rating, where higher ratings indicate a more energy-efficient unit. Although an HVAC system with a higher SEER rating may cost you more up front, you’ll be able to garner significant savings on your energy bills for years to come.
The Energy Source
Most homes are designed to use only a specific type of energy for the heating system. You can work with a contractor to add new connections if you would like to change the type of energy that you use to heat your home. Depending on the cost of different energy sources, this may be beneficial in the long run. However, it will increase the up-front cost to install the unit.
Find the Right Heating System for Your Home
Finding the right heating system for your home isn’t a daunting test when you have a reliable HVAC company to turn to. At Weather Engineers, our team of experienced HVAC technicians will help determine the right system for you based off of your unique home and lifestyle. Give us a call today to learn more or to request a free estimate.
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