When you are in the market for a new heating system, you need a combination of effectiveness and efficiency. It make sense to consider your typical winter climate to make the decision regarding the heating system that will best meet your needs while staying within your budget.
You may live in an area where winters are typically mild with sporadic days when the night may become chilly. In these regions, you likely want a heating system designed to address your heating needs on a room-by-room basis. For example, radiators or space heaters are a quick fix, especially in the main living areas of your home. Both options are inexpensive to purchase and install when compared with a central heating systems, but their operational costs can be high. Regardless of whether you choose a radiator or space heater, safety is the utmost importance. When you use these appliances sporadically, it is easy to forget they cannot be used with carpet or with flammable items nearby. Allow the appliance to sit on a hard surface, such as a wood or concrete floor, and place items away from the heating device giving it at three feet in all direction to prevent the risk of fire or improper ventilation of the device.
Although the typical winter will vary by region, many people think of winter as having extended periods of cold weather with a reasonable chance of frozen precipitation. If you live in a similar climate, this is when you should consider a more robust heating system. Your main decision may rest on whether you choose an electric or gas furnace. The choice you make will typically depend on your upfront budget and what you are willing to pay in monthly energy costs. Generally, paying more in the beginning (gas) will result in lower energy costs over the lifespan of your heating system.
The next decision you may need to make is how the heating system is designed to work. For example, single-stage, two-stage, and modulating furnaces are all appropriate for moderate winters. If you are trying to compromise between price and efficiency, you might select a two-stage furnace because it naturally adjusts the amount of heat and energy usage based on the temperature of your home. It will be less of a financial investment than a modulating furnace, but more energy-efficient than a single-stage furnace.
Some areas typically experience harsh winters, with plenty of days and nights below freezing and large snow storms that leave the ground covered for weeks on end. If you live in one of these climates, the most energy-efficient heating systems are critical for both safety and comfort. You will likely want to avoid an electric furnace in favor of gas, since your energy consumption will increase dramatically in the winter. Additionally, harsh winters are the ideal climate for modulating furnaces. These types of furnaces are often regarded as the most energy-efficient because they are precise when regulating the temperature of your home and energy usage. They can also reduce inconsistencies in temperature throughout your home, such as cold spots in certain rooms.
For the coldest climates, it may be worth the investment to add another heating element, such as radiant floor heating to make your home more comfortable and possibly reduce the burden on your heating system. It can be important to have backup sources of heat in harsher winter climates, since power outages and blizzard conditions are a reasonable concern. Having a generator and a few electric space heaters on standby can be life-saving in an emergency.
Although weather patterns can change significantly from one winter to the next, the type of winter you typically experience should dictate how you heat your home. Finding the best compromise between effective heating and your budget, will give you the ideal combination of comfort and affordability. For more information, contact companies like Laroc Refrigeration-Metal Division.