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Heating System Replacement: What Are My Options?

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choosing a heating system maineWith regular maintenance and care, your home’s heating system can last 15 years or longer.

But once it reaches 10 years old, it’s time to start thinking about and planning for its replacement. That way, if it does unexpectedly fail, you’re prepared and don’t have to rush into making a decision that has a major impact on your home’s comfort and value.

Whether you have a furnace or a boiler in your Seacoast region home, there are several things to take into account as you do your research.

Should I change what kind of heating system I have?

Switching from a boiler to a furnace, and vice versa, is a major, expensive project. You may be considering changing to a furnace from a boiler because you want to add central air conditioning to your home, and that requires ductwork like what you’d use for forced-air heating with a furnace.

We can help you with that choice. If you want to keep your boiler but still upgrade your home’s cooling from inefficient, unsightly window A/C units, we install ductless mini-split air conditioning that offers efficiency as well as cool comfort without the hassle and expense of ductwork.

Should I change my heating system’s fuel?

If you’re still using electricity to power your home’s heating system, the answer is a resounding “YES!” You can get better efficiency and lower your energy costs with either heating oil or propane.
Heating oil provides efficient heating that gets your home warm faster than any other fuel source. It’s also much more clean burning than it used to be.

Propane offers all the benefits of gas without having to have a natural gas connection at your home. Propane is clean-burning, super energy-efficient, and versatile. When you convert to a propane home heating system, you can also add propane appliances like a water heater, range, fireplace, clothes dryer, and more!

Should I change the size of my heating system?

This question may surprise you. But if you have built an addition onto your home or converted spaces like a sunporch or attic into finished living space since you last replaced your heating system, you probably need to look into this. Your current heating system may not be powerful enough to handle that extra workload, which creates more wear and tear on it and drive up your energy costs. Our equipment experts can help you determine the right size heating system for your home.

Contact us to learn more about upgrading your home’s heating system!