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Choosing a New System
How to find a new system that fits your comfort zone.
Deciding on the right equipment is essential for perfect home comfort. So when it's time for a new system, your energy professional will want to review your home, needs, and budget to determine what equipment is best for you. Obviously, it is necessary to know the size of the property to figure out how much heat is needed. Certain home sizes or styles have an ideal heating system match. And, your provider needs to know how many people will be depending on this system. Here are some situations that will be considered when you discuss a new system or upgrade with your Oilheat dealer:
- Pattern of hot water usage in the home (showers, cooking, laundry, etc.). This is especially important when a new water heater is being considered. The number of people in the house, and their hot water usage, must be analyzed. When are showers taken, and for how long? What time of day is most of the laundry and cooking done? This information will make it easier for your home comfort specialist to find equipment that satisfies your particular family's schedules.
- There is an "addition" to your home that will change your normal energy pattern. Even with each season's unpredictable weather, your family does develop a home heating pattern. However, a major change in your home can affect this pattern. If you are planning a new addition or major renovation, tell your service provider.
- Family changes. We think of families as a constant, but within your home there could be changes that you're not even thinking about. A baby is born. A teen goes off to college. An elderly relative moves in. You get married (or divorced). Each of these will affect your heating requirements and hot water usage. Talk with your heating oil dealer when there are short- or long-term changes, so you'll both be prepared and you'll all be comfortable.
- You have allergies. No one likes constant sneezing or sniffling as a direct effect of seasonal allergies. Allergies and other respiratory problems may be exacerbated by dry indoor air. Dry air can reduce your heating system's efficiency and effectiveness: as moisture from indoor air evaporates, the temperature falls, causing you to turn up the heat and, therefore, use extra energy. Installing a humidifier can improve your home's air quality and help you conserve energy.
- There is not enough hot water, and there is uneven heating in your home. Everyone wants plenty of hot water and even heating throughout the home for all-around comfort. As much as half of the energy you use goes to cool and heat your home, so why burn money - literally - when you can choose a clean, quiet, dependable, new heating system. If there are heating problems, please make sure that your home comfort provider knows about them so that they can be solved.
- Most importantly, however, if your current boiler or furnace is over 20 years old, it's time to consider choosing a new heating system. For more information, please refer to our Upgrading Your System page.