Choosing the right HVAC system for your home
So here you are, ready to purchase a new HVAC system.
Questions start piling up: Should you get a similar system as the previous one? Is there a more efficient option? Which option is best for your house? Should you upgrade early to reduce your energy usage? Are there rebates available for greener options?
Let the experts at Gem help you find the right system for your home.
When choosing an HVAC system, we recommend considering all the factors, including cost, comfort, efficiency, maintenance needs, reliability, and availability.
First, you should consider what type of fuel makes the most sense for your HVAC system:
Gas or Propane: A heating system powered by natural gas or propane offers convenient, affordable, safe, and reliable heat. Because these systems use the gas provided by your utilities, you don’t have to worry about getting a fuel delivery.
Oil: Oil-powered heating systems produce the hottest flame of any home heating fuel, which means they use less fuel to heat your home faster and keep it at the temperature you want. Because oil systems produce odor if they malfunction, you are less likely to be caught off-guard by a carbon monoxide leak.
Electric: Electric systems absorb heat or cold from the ground around your home, amplify it, and then transfer that heat or cool into your home. Electric systems can produce up to four times more energy than the consume, so they are typically 30-40 percent more efficient than gas-powered systems. And because electric systems do not rely on internal combustion, there is no chance of a carbon monoxide leak or fire. Electric systems are totally clean and very efficient, but may cause a spike in your electricity bills. Our electricians can inspect your homes electrical system and recommend energy saving solutions.
You should also consider what type of equipment is best suited for your home. Options include:
Boilers: Boilers use fuel to heat a tank of hot water, which then passes steam through objects -- like radiators or in-floor piping -- in your home. Heat provided by boilers is also often referred to as “radiant heat.” In-floor radiant heat is great option if you have cold floors, especially in your bathrooms and kitchens. By heating objects in your home, boilers are known for providing more balanced heating and typically require a lower thermostat setting for the room to feel “warm” in the winter months.
Forced Air Furnaces: Where boilers heat objects in your home using water, furnaces heat the air in your home, then push hot air out through your vents. One of the benefits of a forced air system is that it can connect to a humidifier, air conditioner, and electronic air filter in addition to a furnace - so you can have one system for all of your heating and cooling needs. The disadvantage is that forced air systems require ductwork - if your home lacks adequate ducting, installing new ductwork can be expensive.
Ductless Mini-Splits: Often said to combine the best of both worlds, ductless mini-splits offer both heating and cooling, require no ductwork (hence the name, ductless!), and allow you to control the exact temperature in each room in your home. Ductless mini-splits offer room-by-room heating and cooling solutions by using discrete, wall-mounted machinery. Mini-splits are more affordable, easier to install and provide you with full control to make your home an oasis this summer.
Upgrading or replacing your HVAC system is undeniably an important decision. As you think through the cost and your home’s needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional for an estimate. At Gem, our pros are always ready to answer your questions and find the solution to fit your needs - we’ll even provide a free in-home estimate for most systems!
Gem frequently works with many of the top-rated equipment manufacturers, and our highly skilled estimators can help you identify available rebates and financing.
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