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Factors to Consider When Choosing a Heating System

With the extreme temperatures of winter and summer, you may have sometimes wondered if your current heating or cooling system is the right one for your home. It’s important to ensure that your HVAC units are in excellent condition. Systems that are past their prime are only costing you more money, so it’s better to explore other options. Birdwell Heating and Cooling shares the factors you should consider when selecting a new heating system: 

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Heating System

The Power Source

What type of source would your system need power from? Most families around the country use natural gas. However, that isn’t always readily available so homeowners should consider propane or LP gas. Another excellent alternative is fuel oil, but it’s not as common as the other two. For areas with less severe climatic conditions, electric pumps are a popular choice. In order to select the best heating system for your home, first, figure out the type of fuel that is most accessible in your area.

The Distribution System

Heating systems have two different kinds of distribution systems: forced air and hot water. The former option is the preferred choice in the country as it allows the heat to be evenly dispersed throughout your home through air ducts and registers. Another advantage of choosing forced air systems is that their ducts can also be used for central air conditioning, filtering and humidifying the air, and circulating ventilation in your home all at the same time.

Hot water systems, on the other hand, use a boiler to heat water and distribute it throughout the home in a copper or plastic piping. Also known as a hydronic system, hot water systems often use baseboard radiators. The main advantage of this system is that it provides more even temperatures. You can also use the boiler for regular hot water.

The Costs

A cheaper heating system does not always mean it’s of better value. Poor quality systems may have shorter service lives and less efficiency, as well as cost you more in the long run. When choosing a system for your home, remember that the higher the efficiency, the less it would cost to operate the system. This can help you save on operating and maintaining costs over the years.

When in need of a quality heating system, turn to Birdwell Heating and Cooling. We also offer cooling systems and AC repair. Call us today at (352) 278-9123 to learn more about our services. We serve Rogersville and the surrounding AL areas.