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How To Decide on a Heater for Your Home

couple-making-decisionHaving a reliable heater in Spokane isn’t really up for debate. It is a necessity. So when your heating system gives up the ghost, it is never an issue you can ignore. The bigger problem here is having to decide on which new heater you should install.

Maybe you are already set on what system you’d like to install or maybe you are struggling with your options. We want to help in either case. We have put together a list of the different heater types you should know about along with the factors that you will need to remember when selecting a unit for your home. Because let’s be honest, no one wants to shiver all day long but suffering inside a stuffy home is just as bad.

Selecting a system that will be responsible for your heating in Spokane, WA is a somewhat big deal. We see pretty cold temperatures around here so you want to make sure your unit is up to the task.

Factors to Remember

These are the different factors that you will need to remember when choosing your next heating system.

  • Heating Needs: Does your home have big windows that soak up warmth from the sun? Or are you blanketed by shade from surrounding trees? These details, along with the size and structure of your home will play a roll in your heater choice because it will tell you how strong of a system you will need.
  • Access to Gas: Do you have a gas line already connected to your home? If not, how expensive is your electricity? You will need to figure out which option is more cost-effective depending on if a gas furnace is one of your considered heating options.
  • Radiant vs. Blown Heat: Radiant heat is different from the heat provided by a blown air system in that is feels akin to the warmth provided by the sun. Consider which option may feel more comfortable for your home.

Your Heating Options

With the above considerations, you can make more informed decisions based on what you need for your home comfort and what you are able to access. With that information you can choose from the following options:

  • A Gas Furnace: Gas furnaces are great if you already have a natural gas line hook-up for your home, and you want a powerful and energy-efficient, blown air heating system for your home.
  • An Electric Furnace: Want a strong blown air heater but can’t get the gas? As long as electricity in your area is affordable, you may want to consider an electric furnace.
  • Heat Pumps: Heat pumps utilize refrigerant to produce heat. These are compact and highly efficient heaters that are ideal if you have a home where it would be better to offer custom individual heat settings in different rooms. As an added bonus, they also provide cooling functions in the summer.
  • Radiant Heating Systems: Often referring to boilers, radiant heating systems are long-lasting heating systems that provide radiant warmth either through your home’s walls and floors or through radiators placed throughout your home.

Still have questions? Need a professional to help with your system installation? ACI Northwest is here to help with your home comfort needs or concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice. Contact us today.

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