Having a heating system in our area may seem like a silly proposition to someone just moving into the area. But controlling the climate inside your home is just as important here as it is elsewhere in the country. While we don’t have the kind of cold snaps that other areas might have, we have enough cooler weather to warrant investing in your heating system. Besides, when you’re used to hot temperatures, you feel the cold a bit more keenly when it happens! If you are installing a new heating system or considering upgrading an old one here are some important facts to keep in mind.
Don’t assume your current unit is necessarily good enough. When some older homes were built in this area, they weren’t necessarily built with a heating system in mind. Further, sometimes the purpose of the building has changed and the HVAC system needs to be reconsidered as well. As a general rule, if your heating system is at least 10 – 15 years old, you may need to consider an upgrade. Older systems are notorious for energy inefficiency. You could be bleeding cash you could otherwise save during the cooler months.
Pay attention to the way your home is constructed. If you are working with a new build, then the roof is your opportunity to save on energy. We enjoy a variety of roofing styles in this area, but generally lighter colored roofs better reflect the sun’s energy and repel heat in the summer. If you are in an older home remember that the kind of roof will determine how efficient your current heating system is working. Make sure the heating system is compatible with the build of your home.
Your attic and your insulation are also important. One of the single most important steps in conserving energy and having a more heat efficient home is the insulation. A properly insulated home helps a heating unit go a long way on a little energy. If you have an attic space and it is not insulated, that is probably where most of your energy is escaping, making the unit work much harder than it should have to.
Make sure to establish a relationship with an HVAC technician. If you don’t know whether your home is properly insulated or whether your heating unit meets the needs of your home, then it is best to begin a working relationship with a certified HVAC technician. The time to develop this relationship is before you have some kind of emergency. In addition to determining whether your home is as energy efficient as it can be, having an HVAC technician on speed dial helps in a variety of other ways. When it comes to regular maintenance, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Before just purchasing a heating system like your neighbor has, why not consult with a certified HVAC technician first? To see if your in need of an upgrade, call R & R Refrigeration at 480-900-2178 or visit us at our website today.