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3 Steps to Take Before a Heating System Upgrade

Posted by P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 @ 04:07 PM

steps-before-heating-system-upgrade.jpgIf you're thinking about investing in an upgrade for your home heating system, don't jump right into the project. Spend some time researching what an upgrade involves. Key in on the helpful steps outlined below to ensure that you select the perfect system for your home.  It is essential that you do things in order so that you get the proper results and don't waste your money!

Conduct a Home Energy Audit

A home energy audit will not only provide insight regarding the avenues of energy loss throughout the house, but also some significant comfort and safety issues as well. You can perform an energy audit yourself or lean on an experienced HVAC professional for a thorough inspection.  Finding an HVAC professional that provides an energy audit yields an integrated solution with the best results.  You want to be sure to make the needed adjustments to the building structure before updating your HVAC system. Only then will the resulting HVAC system be sized properly for the long haul and address all the comfort and safety issues that are revealed by a comprehensive energy audit.

Once you have pinpointed the leaks, you'll have to determine which energy-saving improvements should be instituted before you upgrade to a new home heating/cooling system. The energy audit report likely will recommend that you repair leaky ductwork and seal air leaks. Implement these improvements and you'll decrease the heating demand in winter and the cooling requirements in the summer.

Obtain Load Calculations for Your Unique Home

Work with an experienced HVAC contractor who is willing to take your home's idiosyncrasies into account when determining the new system's heating/cooling load. All sorts of variables, from tree shading to nearby buildings, must be considered in order to determine the proper type of heating system for your home.

Ask for Help From the Professionals

Even the most handy homeowner will struggle to determine if his home really needs a heating system upgrade. If such an upgrade is necessary, installing it in the proper manner is a challenge that few can successfully accomplish. Don't attempt a DIY home analysis and heating system installation. Lean on a seasoned HVAC pro to perform your home's energy audit, obtain load calculations, educate you about heating system options and perform the installation. Only purchase the system from a qualified company that can be trusted. Ask around for references and check to make sure the company is insured, licensed and bonded. Finally, obtain an estimate in writing along with a detailed contract before allowing work to begin.

P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling

If you live in the greater Cleveland area and have questions or concerns about your home heating system, reach out to the HVAC aficionados at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling today.

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