Cooler weather is fast approaching, and you may be considering a new heating system. While many Bay Area homeowners think about the price of the heating system itself in working out their budgets, there are other factors that really should be considered. Below is a quick guide that will help you make an informed decision when it comes time to buy a new system.
Various types of heating systems
Residents in Hayward, San Mateo, and other areas around the San Francisco area use different methods to heat their homes in winter months. You may check out various options including a gas furnace, electric furnace, or heat pump. While comparing these costs is important, this is only a basic starting point. You will need to consider:
- Energy efficiency – Heating systems that are highly energy efficient may cost a bit more initially, but the savings over the years and increased comfort are well worth it. You can learn a lot about the energy efficiency of various types of heating systems online, or visit Energy.gov for a wealth of information.
- Labor costs – While labor costs between companies may be similar, an HVAC contractor who is properly licensed to install heating systems may cost a bit more. In some cases installation may require more than one technician. Ultimately, the quality of workmanship may determine how well your system performs and how long it lasts, so the investment in quality labor ultimately leaves you with peace of mind.
- Rebates – Bay Area residents who upgrade heating systems or other appliances can often find various incentives and rebates that will save you money. Search the Internet for rebates/incentives in your area, they are usually easy to find.
At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, as San Francisco heating experts, our goal is to help homeowners enjoy a comfortable home that is energy efficient while staying within your budget. Give us a call today for more information on the various types of heating systems.