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Steps in Selecting a New Heater

If your heating system is on its last legs, you might want to start thinking about a replacement system now. Normally, one shouldn’t consider such an operation until the spring, when your Oceanside, CA home won’t have need of a new heating system and you can schedule the operation at leisure. But now is an excellent time to start considering your options, and in the event your aging heater can’t last those final few months, you may need to move quickly to install a new one.

Either way, you need to follow some key steps into order to select the right unit. Specifics will depend on your needs, but the basics are as follows:

  1. Determine the needed power levels for your new heater. Your existing heater can provide a base number, but good technicians will perform a home energy audit – accounting for things such as square footage, sunlight exposure and the presence of double-paned windows before determining the precise power output needed.
  2. Discuss alternate options. Most homes in the area use forced-air furnaces or boilers to keep their residents comfortable. But those aren’t the only options when it comes to heating, and depending upon your needs, you might do better with an alternative type of heater (such as a ductless mini-spit system).
  3. Find the system with the highest AFUE rating. AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, and it measures how well the heater makes use of its consumed fuel. The higher the rating, the more efficient the heater is when compared against similar units in its power range. Specifics may vary depending on any additional bells and whistles you might want, but usually, you should pick the unit in your allotted power level with the highest AFUE rating you can afford.

Call Aspen Cooling & Heating, Inc. today to discuss your options, and make proper plans for installing a new heater!

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