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Preparing for My Dream Home

My husband and I have spent a lot of time consulting with an architect. After living in our cramped, starter home for the past 11 years, we were finally ready to make some needed changes to it. We have added an extra 600 square feet of space onto our house. Before the construction began, we finalized the plans for our new heating and air conditioning unit with our HVAC contractor. Because our home was going to be substantially bigger than it is now, we purchased a larger HVAC system. We also installed a new, digital thermostat inside my home. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of HVAC units to buy for mid-size homes. Enjoy!


Preparing for My Dream Home

Tips To Keep In Mind Prior To Purchasing A New Heating Unit

by Rita Richardson

If you believe your home's heater is on the fritz, you might be looking to contact a contractor for help with a new heating unit installation. But before you actually make that investment, make sure you do your research. You need to make sure that your current heating unit is actually the problem and then ensure that you get the right kind of replacement for your home. Here are a few tips to keep in mind before you purchase a new heating unit.

Check the Ducts Before You Buy

When your heating system doesn't seem to be working properly, most homeowner's first instinct is to blame the heating unit. But before you drop money on a replacement, make sure you check other elements of your heating system, especially your ducts and vents.If you have a duct that is not functioning properly, this could be why your home does not seem to be getting the correct amount of heat. An annual HVAC system inspection will ensure that a professional looks at your ducts every year.

Get the Right Size

Size matters when it comes to heating units. A larger heating unit is going to output a much larger amount of heat but that might not always be a good thing. It's common for homeowners to get a much bigger unit than they really need for their apartment or home. Having a heating unit that provides too much heat can cause issues like uneven heating in certain areas of the home or overheating that can actually damage your duct work or the unit itself. Talk with a professional about the right size of unit for your home.

Find the Right Contractor

Finally, make sure that you get the right professional for the job before you commit to a new heating unit. Check your local area for a contractor that specializes specifically in heating unit installation as opposed to just heating repair. Such a professional will likely give you peace of mind that everything is being installed properly the first time around and he or she will be able to give you some additional pointers to ensure a long life for your new unit.

Before you replace your current heating unit with a new one, make sure that it is the heating unit that is causing the problem by checking your ducts, thermostat and any other area of your heating system. After that, find a contractor who specializes in installation to begin discussing the correct unit for you and your family.