Your heater isn’t going to last forever. When the time comes for replacement, you’ll know it based on a few factors: Its age, how efficient it is, and if the need for repairs has increased.
So when that time does come, you can take the time to decide what kind of heater you want to replace it with. We can’t choose it for you, but we can give you a few reasons that might resonate with you and your comfort needs.
These are tried and true heaters that are used by the majority of the country. Statistically speaking, you’re most likely upgrading from a furnace.
Here are some reasons you might want to replace (or stick with) a furnace:
- You want a heater that’s inexpensive, straight-forward, and heats the home quickly.
- You already have a gas line installed, thus helping reduce the installation cost.
- Your home is already equipped with a duct system—half of the installation is already done for you.
Natural gas is most commonly used with furnaces because it’s a cheap fuel source. If gas is not accessible, you can also try for electric furnaces, but you’ll want to research electricity costs to see if it’s an economical investment for your needs.
Heat pumps double as air conditioners and heaters. They also come in both ducted and ductless variations. There are very few drawbacks to this machine, aside from one: installation cost can be several times more expensive than a furnace’s.
There are more than a few reasons that you’d want to upgrade to a heat pump:
- You want to take care of your heating and AC replacement with one, easy to use system.
- You’re interested in lowering your monthly energy costs, and you don’t mind the upfront costs.
- You don’t have ducts or want to stop using them in favor of ductless heat pump technology.
The main decision will come down to whether or not you want to use the ducts in your installation. Ducts require maintenance after a few years, but they also allow for the installation of indoor air quality products. Ducts or ductless is definitely a conversation you should have with your HVAC tech.
Boilers are certainly worth their weight. Boiler replacement in Los Lunas, NM is more complex than heat pumps and furnaces, but heating from a boiler is very different—and arguably much more comfortable—than forced-air methods of heating.
Reasons for going all in on a boiler include:
- You’ve heard wonderful things about radiant heating, which comfortably warms up you and objects in the room (rather than just blowing hot air on you).
- You’d rather use a heater with less moving parts, thus requiring less maintenance and repairs.
- You have access to natural gas lines. Although not a requirement, using natural gas with the boiler will do wonders for your monthly energy bill savings.
Boilers can disperse their heat through radiators, which spread warm steam through the room. Alternatively, they can heat the rooms using pipes installed beneath the floors or behind the walls, but this will increase the cost of installation.