If you recoil when winter rolls around, then chances are your heating system is not performing like it should be. Considering to replace your heating system is a huge step, and one not to be taken lightly. Before you take the plunge, think about your home and its unique intricacies so that you make the right steps and have accounted for all outcomes.
The bones of your home | You wouldn’t recommend the same plumbing or decor to every homeowner, as you need to consider the bones of the home. You will need a different hot water service for different homes so don’t just go for something your friends have. Gas ducted heating systems will suit a larger home as the unit can be installed in the ceiling, under floorboards or outside the home. Gas space systems and split systems are also specific in their installation needs so make sure you have all the options and find one that will best work for your home.
The size of your home | The size of your home will greatly impact the costs and decisions you make when replacing your heating system. How many bathrooms and showers you have, and the frequency of their use will determine the type of heating system you will need. If you are planning to add some extensions to your home or add a bathroom or two, keep this in mind with the heating system you choose. Alternatively, if the kids have left home and you no longer have a requirement for a larger system, then consider downsizing to a capacity which meets the needs of the smaller cohort living in the property now.
The insulation of the property | The placement of your hot water system is critical in harsh environments where pipes can freeze. When you are replacing your heating system, make sure you consider the environment outside and around the system. In harsh winter climates it can be very easy for pipes to freeze and hot water to suddenly stop. The last thing you want is a cold shower in winter. If your new system is going to be placed outside, take the time to insulate it and the pipes around it. Insulation will help ensure the system doesn’t suffer any damage from the elements.
Existing plumbing | When you are all set to replace the heating system in your home, one of the key considerations needs to be the existing plumbing. Try to make use of the existing infrastructure to avoid common issues such as the release valve run off. If you place the new system too far away from plumbing and drainage, then a release valve could cause other issues such as pests. When considering where to place a new system, look for established drainage that you can then piggy back into for your release valve. It may not seem like an important consideration, but taking the time to do this may help avoid problems such as termites in the future.
Replacing a heating system in your home is a serious consideration and not just one about price. Although important, price is only one of many considerations. If you have purchased or plan to purchase a new system in the near future, then considering things like the usage of your home is crucial. Other considerations such as utilising existing systems, the environment and the aesthetic are equally as important. Making the right decision on your next heating system is about considering all things equally. So, when you go to buy your next heating system, use these considerations to help guide your decision.