IT Landes wants to be sure your home is warm and comfortable on the days when you need it to be. If you think you may be in the market for a new heat pump, furnace, or boiler, there are a few things you should consider when deciding whether or not you should replace, which new model to choose, and how to move forward.
Need a new heat pump?
- Be safe rather than sorry. Not only do heat pumps provide warmth in the fall and winter, but they also cool your home down as an air conditioner. Be proactive about replacement.
- Determine the correct size. If it’s too powerful, it will have to shut on and off constantly. If it’s too small, it will be overworked and its lifespan will be shortened. *A professional may be the best source for this.
- Consider efficiency. Efficient units might cost more but consider the fact that an efficient model can save you money on your energy bills.
- Look at SEER/HSPF ratings. Check the unit’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). These ratings tell you how efficient the heat pump is overall.
Need a new furnace?
- Think ahead. Have a professional technician examine your furnace twice a year; that way, they can inform you of any warning signs that your furnace might fail or is becoming inefficient.
- Pay attention to energy efficiency. You’ll most likely have to choose between an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of 80% or 90%. Paying more upfront on a 90% efficient furnace can save you money on energy bills.
- Get your ducts examined. Installing a new furnace is supposed to improve the comfort of your home while also saving you money, but it won’t if your ducts are leaky.
Need a new boiler?
- Find the right size. Set yourself up for efficiency by having a professional technician calculate the BTU (British Thermal Units) requirements of your home.
- Look at the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. Any rating of 85% or higher means that the boiler is Energy Star-certified and can keep your energy bills low.
- Ask about your current controls. Make sure your controls are compatible with your new boiler or update them for the highest efficiency.
- Think about your venting system. Different boilers have different ways of dealing with exhaust. Your home’s venting system may determine which boiler to install.
When you think it’s time to replace your heat pump, furnace, or boiler, the professionals at IT Landes can work with you to help you make the right decision for your home and budget. Call 215-256-4221 or request an appointment online to get started today.