Heating Contractors Can Determine the Best Heating System for You

HVAC-repair-servicesOur short winter is already coming to an end, but if your heating system is on its last legs, now may be the ideal time to get it replaced with a new one. It’s usually best to start making plans for such an operation as soon as the cool weather ends. That gives you the most time to plan the operation and schedule the installation at your leisure, with the whole summer ahead of you.

In these situations, a good heating contractor can determine the best heating system for you: analyzing your home’s parameters and making recommendations based on what’s best. There are a number of points they can focus on to help you, including the following:

Heater Type

Here in Southern California, most of us use forced-air furnaces to stay warm: which heat the air in a centralized location, then blow it into your home through a series of ducts. it’s an effective way of heating the home, but it’s not the only type of heating system that exists. Depending on your needs you might want to consider an alternative type of heater:

  • Ductless Systems, which use multiple smaller units instead of one big one and eliminate the need for ducts.
  • Heat Pumps, which combine the effects of heaters and air conditioners into a single unit.
  • Geothermal Systems, which tap into the renewable energy of the earth to provide effective and environmentally friendly heating.
  • Radiant Heating Systems, which are installed beneath your floorboards and warm the house gently through the floor.

Power Levels

Heaters need power levels that match the specifics of your home. An underpowered heater will never warm the space up adequately, while an overpowered one will engage in a process known as short cycling: heating the home too quickly and turning off, only to turn on again a few minutes later because the home has cooled down. Short cycling is very hard on your system, and can lead to increased wear and tear and even breakdowns, as well as costing you a lot in wasted energy. The best heating system for you home obeys what we like to call the Goldilocks Rule: neither overpowered nor underpowered, but just right.


Once the type of system and the power levels have been determined, you need to find the most efficient model in your type. Heater efficiency is determined by the AFUE rating, which stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. It’s list as a percentage, which details what percent of the system’s energy goes into actually heating your home. (The rest is lost to waste.) Higher efficiency means that the system won’t cost as much to run as a comparable system with a lower AFUE rating would, which can end up saving you a great deal of money over the heater’s life.

If your current heating system is on its last legs, and you’d like to install a new one, contact the pros at Circulating Air, Inc. We serve as heating contractors throughout the Los Angeles, CA area!

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