If you have debated about installing a new heating system in your home, the change in the weather to the warmer season is one of the optimal periods of the year to schedule the work. Not only will you not have to worry about being stuck in the cold while the new heater is installed, but you will have an easy time finding a convenient appointment with a quality HVAC contractor.
If you do decide to go ahead with a new heating system installation in San Diego, CA, you’ll need some guidelines for what to look for in the replacement system. Our heating specialists at Cal-West Air Conditioning are ready to help you with selecting a system so you’ll end up with the heater that will do the best job for you. Call us today to set up an appointment.
Here are a few things to look for in a heating system:
- AFUE, HSPF (and SEER): These sets of initials are specifications on heaters that inform you of how efficient the system is at converting energy to heat. AFUE is a percentage rating—the higher the percentage, the higher the efficiency—that appears on furnaces. Modern furnaces can range from 78%-98% AFUE. On heat pumps, heating efficiency is measured by HSPF, a whole number. Most heat pumps have HSPF of 9–10, with the higher number again meaning higher efficiency. SEER measures the cooling mode for a heat pump, so you should also take this into consideration if you are choosing a heat pump.
- Fuel source: Depending on your home, you may have a narrower choice of heaters because of your available fuel supply. For homes without a natural gas line, you’ll need to focus on electric heaters or one that use heating fuel (propane, oil). If you have a natural gas line, you’ll have to decide what type of fuel will save you money while providing the heating level you want.
- Longevity: Each heating system will have a manufacturer’s expected lifetime listed for it. These can range from 10–12 years to more than 20. A longer life expectancy is definitely desirable, but you will need to balance this out with other considerations, such as fuel efficiency, upfront cost, and the amount of maintenance and repairs the system may require.
The best choice for your new heating system is…
…Yet to Be Determined. There is no one-size-fits-all heating system; you need to know about your home’s heating needs and thing about your budget plans. To help you find the right system for you, talk to the specialists at Cal-West Air Conditioning. They can help you find the San Diego, CA heating that will meet all your needs.