What to Consider When Buying a New Heater

January 24, 2020

If your heater goes out in the middle of winter, understandably you want to have it fixed or replaced as soon as possible. The air inside your house is getting colder, and all you want is a heater that works. But heater replacement in Chalmette, LA is a big decision and a costly investment, which is why HVAC professionals recommend homeowners and business owners plan ahead when making a new furnace purchase at any time of the year. It’s important to learn about the different options available, their size and efficiency and how long and how well your choice will perform when it’s needed the most.

Here are some things you should consider when investing in new heater installation for your Chalmette, LA home or business:

  • Type of system: Central HVAC systems can be either a packaged system or a split system. Basically, a split heating and cooling system means your air conditioner and heater/furnace are separate units from one another but run on the same system. The AC unit is installed on the ground outside and near your house, while the furnace is usually placed in the attic. If your home does not have an attic, crawlspace or basement, then you may want a packaged system. This means the heating and cooling components are rolled into one convenient outdoor unit.
  • Size of the unit: It’s important to get the right size system to ensure your overall indoor comfort. Larger furnaces will cost more, but will benefit a home that needs a bigger unit. Call an HVAC contractor for a free in-home assessment and quote to find out the system size you need.
  • Fuel options: You may have the option to choose whether your furnace runs on electricity, oil or gas. Gas furnaces use natural gas, which is the most economical way to heat your home. Propane or oil furnaces work well, but you need extra room to store the fuel. It’s dirtier than natural gas and can be more expensive to operate, but is sometimes the only option for older homes and in areas that don’t have gas lines in place.
  • Indoor air quality: The furnace blower is responsible for distributing heated and conditioned air throughout your home or building. No matter the type of furnace you choose, make sure the technician checks the filters during annual service. Clean filters and clean air ducts ensure good indoor air quality.
  • Speed of the blower: Furnaces have one of two types of blowers—a fixed blower or a variable-speed blower. The latter varies the speed of your blower as it distributes air through your home. This is the most beneficial option if you want premium comfort.
  • Collective costs: The furnace’s price tag is not the only cost to you. There are also installation costs and maintenance costs, as well as air quality features in premium systems. It’s best to think of furnace costs as an investment in your comfort and home value when making a purchase decision.

If now is the time for heater replacement in your Chalmette, LA home, contact JMB A/C & Heating LLC today with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

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