A comprehensive guide to purchasing your new heating system
The oldest incorporated city in the country, St. John, New Brunswick (aka St. Awesome) features some of the coolest geological adventures around. North America’s first Geo Park, Stonehammer features a landscape created by the collision of continents. Adventurous types can touch Africa and South America without leaving St. John, zip line above the highest tides and see the birth place of the Atlantic ocean. After getting in touch with nature, residents know the importance of maintaining their heating systems. With an average annual temperature of 4.9 degrees Celsius and only about 15 heating and cooling professionals servicing the area, they know it’s better to be proactive than wait for a system breakdown. Beat the crowds and get a quote.
What Heating System Is Best For Me?
The cost of heating your home accounts for a large portion of your monthly bills. Whether you are considering an upgrade for an older system or shopping for a new home and interested in learning more about the heating options existing in your new home, you have come to the right place.
When it comes to energy efficiency, it’s hard to beat heat pumps. When using electric baseboard heat, you pay for 1 kilowatt of electricity and you get one kilowatt of energy. With heat pumps you pay for one kilowatt of electricity and you can get two or three kilowatts of energy. That’s up to 300 per cent efficiency.
Heat pumps can both heat and cool your home by drawing warm air in or pushing it out, depending on the season. They can be used with or without ducts and use pumps and compressors.
Furnaces can be an energy efficient way to heat your home using natural gas or propane. The availability of natural gas varies, but it has the advantage of allowing its user to purchase their heating fuel monthly. Propane is a good alternative for those who live in an area where natural gas is not available, but does require its users to purchase their propane in advance. A propane tank also needs to be stored on the property, either underground or close to the home.
Radiant heat is the heating of objects rather than the air. Old school radiators are common in Europe and usually found under windows to protect the room from heat loss. This unfortunately does use valuable floor space. A newer application is in floor radiant heat where the floor is heated from underneath and heats the room.
If you are considering buying or building your forever home, it may be worth the investment for geothermal technology. It harnesses the earth’s heat and transfers it to your homes. This options requires a large outset but costs can be recovered with energy savings within five to 10 years.
Now available in boiler/hot water tank combinations, homeowners can save up to 80 per cent in floor space by upgrading to these combination systems. With an efficiency up to 93.6 AFUE, these are an efficient option.