Sizing a New Heating System

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With the coming of fall comes an increased need for a reliable heating system, and if your older system has come to the end of its life, now is the perfect time to replace it with a new system. Getting a new heater put in now means you’ll be ready to go by the time the first snow falls, and can enjoy the benefits of improved efficiency and the like all winter long.

That entails a little basic planning, which your service technician can help you with. Chief among your considerations should be the size of your new heater: not the physical size (though obviously, the unit will need to fit comfortably in the allotted space) but the power levels it puts out. That can make a huge difference in ways you might not have initially considered.

The Goldilocks Rule

Heating systems need to follow what we refer to as the Goldilocks Rule: neither too large nor too small, but just right. If the system is underpowered, it will run all day and never get your home as warm as it should be. It may surprise you to learn, however, that overpowered systems can be just as problematic. If it warms up the home too quickly, it will turn off, only to turn on again a few minutes later. The process is known as short-cycling, and it wastes a great deal of energy (fans and fan motors use a lot more energy turning on and turning off than they do simply running).

To size the heater properly, the technician will examine your home carefully, weighing in such factors as square footage, sunlight exposure and the amount of insulation in your walls. As a result, the new heater will warm your home as effectively as possible: saving you money while providing maximum comfort.

For reliable heating installation services in Lakewood, CO, call Bell Plumbing and Heating today!

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