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Eight Considerations for Choosing a Home Heating System

There are many things to consider when choosing a heating system for your home. Common concerns include your budget and the effects on the environment. Keep reading to discover six more home heating preoccupations.

 

Climate and Energy Efficiency

It is important to know the climate and heating needs of your region; for example, temperate regions like Kamloops typically experience moderate temperatures. Extremes of hot and cold are rare, so heat pumps work well here.

 

Home and System Capacity

Consider the size and layout of your home to choose an appropriately sized system. A heating contractor can help with calculations and information to help you choose a heating system.

 

Type of Fuel and Environmental Impact

The choice of fuel goes beyond availability and price. It includes the impact on the environment. Some cities, including Kamloops, encourage the use of electric heat for its efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gases.

 

Cost and Budget

The initial cost and the expense over time should both be taken into account. Once again, a heating contractor can help narrow down your choices. In the Kamloops region, there is a trend towards heat pumps for their advantageous initial price point and operational costs.

 

Maintenance Requirements, Longevity, and Warranty

A heating contractor can explain the upkeep needs, longevity, and warranty of the various systems they sell and install. They may also offer maintenance plans and repair programs that provide savings over time. The need for regular fuel attendance, as with wood fireplaces, is another consideration.

 

Comfort and Control

Systems that allow for precise temperature control and programmability will offer maximum comfort and greatly increase cost efficiency. Ask a heating contractor about the types of heating systems that now use this.

 

The Choices

Common heat sources often considered according to the above factors are furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, fireplaces, and ductless split systems. A few details about each are outlined below.  

 

Furnaces

Energy Source: Natural gas or oil

Efficiency & Cost-effectiveness: Extremely efficient and good cost-effectiveness

Other Details: requires ducts and vents throughout the house. Can be programmable for improved temperature control and energy savings

 

Heat Pumps

Energy Source: Electricity

Efficiency & Cost-effectiveness: Highly efficient, improved cost-effectiveness over furnaces

Other Details: Ducted or ductless. Can heat and cool. Well suited for temperate climates

 

Boilers

Energy Source: Natural gas, propane or electricity

Efficiency & Cost-effectiveness: High efficiency with proper maintenance. Operational costs and efficiency depend on the fuel type

Other Details: Provide radiant heat via water or steam. Require regular maintenance

 

Fireplaces

Energy Source: Wood, natural gas, propane or electricity

Efficiency & Cost-effectiveness: Efficiency varies widely based on the fuel type and fireplace design

Other Details: Offers localized heat but fuel type and design can improve this. Common in temperate climates

 

Ductless Spit Systems

Energy Source: Electricity

Efficiency & Cost-effectiveness: Highly efficient. More cost-efficient than traditional HVAC systems

Other Details: Offer individual room or zone temperature control. Can heat and cool

 

Choosing a Heat System in Kamloops

When it comes time to replace your heating system, contact Service Plus Plumbing & Heating in Kamloops. Our heating contractors offer information and support to help you make the best decision for your heating needs and provide professional removals, installations, maintenance and repairs.

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