Home Heating 101
If you live in a cold climate, heating your home and hot water effectively and efficiently are fundamental to living comfortably and to enjoying your home.
Here are some considerations to help you define the scope and benefits when considering a heating system upgrade or a heating system for a new home or building:
How do heating system costs and savings impact my purchasing decision? Should you invest in a moderate efficiency, lower cost system or a high efficiency system? Efficiency can make all the difference in selecting the proper heating system as an up front investment that may have rapid returns, but it may not be for you depending on your needs. Find out more about efficiency and how fuel versatility can help reduce the impact from volatile and high fuel prices. Also visit our Savings Analysis page and talk with an Energy Kinetics heating professional to review system costs and savings estimates.
When to upgrade: There are many good reasons to upgrade, and cutting fuel costs with higher efficiency tops the list. Read more to find out about what to look for to see if you can improve efficiency even if your heating system is relatively new; also review a few common reasons to upgrade.
Selecting a Heating System: Prepare by reviewing this checklist...it takes just a few minutes to make a list of the most important things you want to accomplish. Be sure to cover these points with your heating professional so your needs will be properly addressed.
Sizing your Heating System: Collect your past fuel use information and use our System Sizing and Selection Tool to find out the impact of savings and determine the properly sized heating system for your home.
Heating Fuel Comparisons: It's difficult to compare fuels without knowing the energy content, cost per unit of energy, and the environmental impact of each type of fuel. A Fuel Neutral system can help provide security now and in the future.
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High Performance Homes: Some homes use a variety of proven energy-efficient features that contribute to improved home quality and homeowner comfort, and to lower energy demand and reduced air pollution. One good strategy is to reduce infiltration air and improve insulation to reduce heating and cooling loads so a smaller heating and cooling system can be used.
Renewable Energy Integration: American power consumption is the highest in the world and it will require active strategies to bring balance to our energy demands. Renewable energy is part of the solution. Find out more about integration here. Also, conservation often provides even more cost effective, immediate and dramatic results.
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What is the difference between a boiler and a furnace? System 2000, 90+ Resolute™, and Accel CS™ work with hydronic or water based systems as well as furnace or forced air systems, and can also integrate with geothermal, solar, heat pumps, and even replace expensive electric heat systems.
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