Is It Time to Upgrade Your Heating System? What to Consider

Is It Time to Upgrade Your Heating System? What to Consider

There are many good reasons to upgrade your heating system, and they are especially important to consider as the cold winter weather approaches. You want to make sure your household not only stays warm this winter, but also enjoys low utility bills and clean indoor air. Do you need to make some upgrades? Indicators that your system needs work include an overworked furnace, high utility bills, and outdated equipment.

Evaluating Your Heating System

Once you’ve decided that it’s worthwhile to upgrade your heating system, you should consider having your heating system evaluated by an HVAC professional or energy efficiency authority. Such an evaluation should include testing your home for air leaks and examining the effectiveness of your insulation. An HVAC technician can check for air leaks by performing a blower-door test. Also, during this period of evaluation you should ask an HVAC authority about any possible rebates you can take advantage of by making efficiency improvements.

An upgrade to your heating system could be costly, so it’s important that you carefully evaluate your existing system. It’s also important that you research ways to save money through government rebate programs or discounts offered by electric utilities.

Finding the Right HVAC Professional

The first step to making upgrades to your system is to find an HVAC professional who you can trust to install a system that will keep your family healthy and comfortable. One indicator of a quality HVAC professional is the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification. This designation indicates that an HVAC contractor has passed a national certification exam that tests knowledge of heating, cooling, and ventilation equipment and processes.

An HVAC technicians is responsible for maximizing the benefits of a heating system upgrade project. This involves making load calculations that will create a system that is the appropriate size. In making this load calculation, your contractor will have to take into account your home’s ventilation needs, insulation, size, and climate.

To learn more about upgrading your heating system, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. We’re here to answer questions on finding the perfect heating system for your home.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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