The first thing you need to know before you begin the search for a new heating system is whether you are currently using the best fuel source available. For example, if you currently use propane gas, you may look to switch to natural gas if it has become available in your area. There are pros and cons to every fuel, and a switch could add hundreds of dollars to the cost of a new heating system, but be well worth it in the long run.
It usually pays to check with your heating contractor who can help you get a feel for what you will save in your energy costs over the next five to ten years with the fuel source you choose. By doing this, your contractor can show you what your long term savings will be vs. your short term investment. You may also be eligible for rebates and/or special financing options with approved credit.
If a contractor simply looks at your old system and quotes you a price on a system of the same size, be skeptical.
A system that is too big or too small will lead to future problems, higher fuel bills and the premature failure of the system.
It doesn't matter whether you have the most expensive or the least expensive system on the market. Just as with anything, if a heating system is not installed properly it will not work properly.
Unfortunately, many contractors take shortcuts and there are many systems installed today that have more problems than they should. The challenge is, knowing whether your new system is installed properly. How can you know?
More often than not, you won't know until it's too late. That is why you, the customer, must be extremely selective regarding who you choose to install your new heating system.
Any good contractor will be happy to supply you with a list of existing customers who you can contact. Visit your contractor at his place of business. Look around and see what type of operation they run. This is also a great time to ask questions, learn about the different brands and find out which system best suits your specific needs.
Sure, there are differences between each brand of equipment, but don't let anyone sell you on one brand as being the best. A single manufacturer may be marketing as many as five or more brand names using equipment that is all virtually the same product. The key is to find a dependable contractor who is factory authorized and trained to install the heating equipment that best suits your home, your needs, your lifestyle and your budget.
Hundreds of dollars can be saved when you install or change your old air conditioner at the same time you install a new heating system.