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Welcome to my blog. My name is Betty, and I recently invested in a new heating and cooling system. It had been years since I had purchased our old system, and my husband was alive then. This was the first time selecting my own system. I did a lot of research and even considered taking our HVAC system off the grid. Now, that my house is the perfect temperature all the time, I'm ready to try something else -- so I decided to start a blog. Here, I am going to post a range of blogs on HVAC related issues as well as home repairs and other topics. I hope that you like it.

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How to Completely Change Your Thoughts About HVAC

Top 3 Things to Consider When Selecting a Heater for Your Abode

by Eva Fisher

Installing a heater is a great way to keep your living space warmer and beat the cold winter weather. But here's something you should know — not all heaters are designed the same. In order to ensure you select the right heater for your home, you should be well informed about what sets all of the different heaters apart.

With that said, here are some essential things to consider when choosing a heater for your home. 

The size of the space you need to heat

How big or small the space you want to heat is determines the amount of heating you require and the proper size heater for your abode. Are you looking to heat a single, small room or the entire house? 

When it comes to heating small, individual rooms or areas of the home like bedrooms, space heaters are the best solution. They will distribute just enough heat to keep you warm and comfortable under a blanket. 

But when cold temperatures are a problem in larger living rooms or the entire household, central heating systems are the ideal solution. These heaters rely on a duct system to supply warmer air throughout your space. 

The power source of your heating system

Heaters can be powered by a variety of energy sources. Electric heaters are by far the most popular heaters in the residential heating sector because they simply need to be plugged into an electric outlet to operate. Heaters can also be boiler-powered or powered by gas. 

The right heating system for your home is the one that matches your energy requirements. If you are afraid that an electric heater will significantly increase your monthly energy bills, gas- or boiler-powered alternatives may be a cheaper solution for you.

If you must use an electric heater, make sure you look for an energy-efficient model. These days, there are so many energy rated electric heaters in the market. 

The costs involved

Ultimately, the final decision on which type of heater you should install will depend on how much you are willing and ready to spend initially and in the future. In this regard, there are two types of costs you will need to ponder over before your heater installation — the initial cost outlay of purchasing and installing the unit and the long term costs of operating and maintaining it throughout its lifetime. 

A gas-powered heater may cost more initially, but may lead to energy savings in the long-run. Contrastingly, an electric heater may cost you less to buy and install, but may result in higher energy bills over its service life.

So, what's the right heater for your dwelling? That depends on whether you're looking to install the new heating system as a replacement for an existing heating source or as a supplement to it. You can always consult an experienced HVAC contractor if you can't decide on what to choose.

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