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Heating up your insides

January 24, 2011

Even when the weather outside is frightful your inside temperature can be delightful. But, what if it’s not? What if you are like several of my customers and your heating system decides to go South while leaving you in the cold North?

 How about some hot advice for deciding whether to repair or replace your system and also what the different kinds are?

Should You Repair or Replace your Furnace or Heating System?

Before you decide to repair or replace your furnace think about these three points:
• A typical furnace or heating system will usually last about 15 years. If your system is older than 15 years and needs repaired it is most likely time to replace it.
• If the repair costs more than $750 you are most likely better off replacing it.
• If you plan to stay in the home for several years check on the potential heating bill savings with a more efficient furnace. With fuel prices going up the new energy efficient system may pay for itself in a relatively short time.

And always, always, get three estimates on replacing your heating system. You need to be sure to ask a professional heating contractor who can give you the best pricing as well as the most efficient system. And, below you will find brief explanations of types of heat systems so that you can make an informed choice.

• Gas & Oil Furnaces – Both gas and oil furnaces heat the air as it passes over a heat exchange unit. Air is drawn into the furnace, heated and then forced back into the home through ducts.

• Heat Pumps – Heat pumps transfer heat that exists within the air from one place to another. It does both heating and cooling.

• Electric Heaters – Usually this is the baseboard heater. The unit warms air that come in contact with its heating element. That heat rises and cooler air is forced downward and comes back into contact with the heater element.

• Radiant Heaters – Radiant heating involves using cables or heated water in pipes and placing them in a non carpeted floors and walls.

• Corn Furnaces – Increasing in popularity. Corn is a renewable energy source and offers real savings over natural gas, oil, and electricity. Corn furnaces are clean, safe, and easy to use.

• Portable Heaters – Often using electric or kerosene to heat a small area or even a room.

I have one more suggestion. Build a fire in the fireplace, grab your Honey and create your own heat. That’s what a real DIY’er would do….and then she would get wise and call for help.

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