If you are thinking about changing your heating situation, then there are a variety of factors that you should take into consideration. Do you want to replace your old heater? Do you want to get a supplemental heater? Can you fix your problems without touching the heater at all?
Is a replacement right for you?
If your heater has been getting old, if it has broken down, or if it has just been requiring more and more maintenance lately, then getting a new heater can be very appealing.
After all, a new heater means that you get a more advanced heater. New heaters tend to be much more energy efficienct, resulting in lower heating costs and lower environmental impact. A newer heater might make less noise and might be easier to fix and maintain.
Would a supplemental heater be the best course of action?
In some cases, you may be happy with your current central heating solution, but you might want something a little extra or different. For example, getting a space heater to supplement your central heater might be an excellent choice. On days where you only need to heat a single room, turning on the furnace might be dramatic overkill, but a space heater could be perfect.
When it comes to space heaters, you should choose whether you want a convection or radiant space heater. Convection heaters are good for heating up rooms over time, while radiant heaters tend to be better at heating people and objects in a room very quickly.
Could the problem be something besides your heater?
In many cases, your recent heating problems could actually have nothing to do with your heater at all. Instead, you might be dealing with something like poor insulation or improperly sealed windows. If you have been running the heater for a while and notice that your heating bills have been too high, then you should take a look at the windows and doors around your home. If you do find an area that isn't sealed properly, then you should reseal the area in question and take a look at your electric bills again.
You might notice that your costs have gone way down. If that is the case, then buying a new heater would have gone almost entirely to waste. Your old heater might have been working perfectly fine, and a new heater might not have fared any better with your compromised insulation.
For more information about replacing or supplementing your current heater, contact local HVAC professionals, such as R & B Heating & Air Conditioning.