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Things to Consider Before Installing a New Heating System

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

If you are interested in having a new heating system installed in your home, now is an excellent time to schedule it. With winter already quickly receding in Florida and air conditioning is starting to hum once again, heating installers will have more open schedules. You also won’t have to worry about forgoing heat for a short time while the installers do their work swapping out your old heater for the new one.

New installation does require some planning, so here are a few things to consider before you start. For quality help when it comes to heating systems installation in Orlando, FL, contact Downtown Air & Heat and talk to one of our NATE-certified technicians today.

What you should consider before heating installation:

  • Your energy supply: How do you receive power for your home? Do you only use electricity, or do you have a natural gas line? Have you used stored heating oil before? Understanding the fuel sources available to you will guide you toward the heater that will fit best with your home. If you only have electricity, you’ll need to narrow your options to heat pumps and electric furnaces. With a natural gas line, you’ll have a choice of gas furnaces as well.
  • Your budget plans: There are two places to think about your budget when it comes to heating systems. First, the initial installation cost. Second, the long-term cost of operation. Some heaters have low installation prices, but cost more to run. High-efficiency systems, which can generate large long-term savings, often cost much more upfront. You will need to give some thought to where you wish to spend the money and how long you expect the heater to work for you.
  • Your home’s heat load: “Heat load” is the amount of heat (in tons) that your home requires in order for you to be comfortable. Determining the heat load requires calculating numerous factors—house size, number and position of windows, heat generated from appliances, how many people live there, etc.—and for this you should have your installers perform a careful heat load calculation. Knowing the heat load will not only help you pick the right heater, but it will help the installers size it to fit your home.

Make sure you use professional installers

When you are considering your budget, don’t plan to save money by going with amateur installers for the job (or even doing it yourself). This won’t actually save you money: it will result in years of repairs and poor performance, and it could even create safety hazards. Only deal with licensed and trained professional installers.

Contact Downtown Air & Heat and talk to our specialists with heating systems installation in Orlando, FL. We’ll do the job right!

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What Type of Heater Does Your Home Need?

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Are you in the market for a new heater? Do you feel as though there is a daunting array of different system types and brands? It can be difficult to figure out what type of system works for your home as well as your heating preferences. What type of heater you need depends on various factors, including your budget, home size and layout, as well as your preference of duct or ductless options. In today’s post, we’d like to take a look at some of your options so that you can make an informed decision as to what’s best.

  • Furnace. A furnace is probably the most popular heating systems in America. It is widely recognized as a source of cost-effective and powerful heat, and it can make sure that your home is comfortable year-round. You can choose gas or LP gas as a fuel source or you can go with an all-electric model.
  • Heat pump. Another option is the heat pump, which is very similar to an air conditioner in that it uses refrigerant to transfer heat. It differs in one important regard, however, as it is equipped with a reversing valve that allows it to heat your home in the winter in addition to cooling it during the summer. It uses ducts to distribute your heated air, and remains highly cost-effective, especially due to Florida’s moderate winter temperature.
  • Ductless mini split. If you’re looking for an energy efficient alternative to duct-based systems, then look no further than a ductless mini split. This year-round solution provides excellent heating to your entire home. Each unit has several indoor air handlers so that you can heat distinct zones of your home separately. It’s essentially a heat pump but without the ductwork.

Make sure you not only find the right type of heater for your home, but also that it is appropriately sized. Call Downtown Air and Heat today for excellent heating installation service in Orlando, FL. We can guide you every step of the way.

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