Winter is right around the corner, and temperatures are already lower than most people find comfortable. When winter rolls around, you need to know that your home will be warm and inviting for both you and your family. For this reason, you need to buy a heater that will perform well and help you stay comfortable in your own home. Therefore, you need to know about the different options available to you and which aspects of your new heater are important to consider.
For example, you should always choose the most efficient heater you can afford. You can measure efficiency by the amount of energy converted into heating power for your home. This is measured in AFUE, or Annual Fuel Utilisation Efficiency. Minimum-efficiency heaters must reach 80% AFUE to comply with industry standards, but some options reach as high as 97%. The more efficient your heater, the less energy you waste keeping your home warm, which is essential for a family on a low energy budget.
Gas heaters can be laid out in two different ways—a split system or a packaged system. Split systems are what most homeowners associate with their HVAC systems, and they are comprised of a condensing unit, furnace, and a coil that sits on top of your furnace. However, many people do not have basements, crawlspaces, or attics that would house such a system. In this case, the best option to consider is a packaged system.
Packaged systems contain your heating and cooling components in one, convenient indoor unit. If you want to free up some additional space in your home, you can easily switch from a split system to a packaged unit. The same is true for people currently using packaged systems that would like to switch to a split system. Whichever you choose, gas is the best option to keep energy consumption at a minimum.
As previously mentioned, there are several fuel sources you can choose from when buying a new heater. Gas, electric, and oil fuels are the most common options, but gas is the best option of the three. Gas furnaces and heaters run off of natural gas and are the most economical way to heat your home when winter temperatures drop below freezing. Oil and propane require space for storage, and they are not as clean as a gas option. These are also less cost-effective than gas options, and those costs will add up quickly during the winter.
An electric heater can add dramatically to your energy bills each month, and it must create original heat from electricity. Even the most energy-efficient options are not as energy-efficient as gas options. For this reason, you simply cannot fail to consider gas your highest priority in regard to fuel options.
Finally,remember to consider your available space.There are heaters of varying size and strength available to ensure you get exactly what you need out of your heater. Whether you live alone, with a companion, or with an entire family, making the right decision can help you save money.