Installing a new heating system in a home can help to reduce heating costs. Unfortunately, failing to properly do your homework before deciding which system to purchase can have the opposite effect. If you are planning to install a new system, here are some pitfalls to avoid when shopping. 

Failing to Take Accurate Measurements

The size of the heating system you need to purchase is based on the size of your home. If you buy a system that is too small, it will have to work overtime to keep your home heated during the cold months. If it is too large, it will constantly cycle on and off, which leads to a higher energy bill. 

When it comes to measuring your home, it is not just about knowing the square footage. There are also other factors that can influence the size of the system. For instance, the height of ceilings and whether or not ceiling fans are used need to be factored into your calculations.

Another factor that needs to be factored in is your climate. If you live in a warmer area, you might not need a larger heating system. Your home's building materials can also influence the size needed. If your home is heavily insulated and has other features built in to help keep heated air in and cold air out, you could possibly opt for a smaller system. 

Forgetting Energy Efficiency

When you start shopping, you will notice that there are a wide range of systems available that offer differing degrees of energy efficiency. The more expensive units typically have a higher energy efficiency rating than the cheaper ones. However, if you are seeking to save money, finding a balance is important. 

Once you have your measurements, you can narrow down your choices. Compare the energy efficiency ratings of the systems remaining. It is possible to find systems that are in your range that have a good rating. The Energy Star rating on the systems will provide you with information you can use to make your decision, such as the annual estimated savings from the unit. 

Remember, if you do end up paying more for the system, the savings that you gain from lower energy bills could make it a good long-term investment. Eventually, the savings can help you recoup the additional expense of buying a more expensive unit. 

To avoid these pitfalls and many others, work with a heating contractor, like one at Erickson Plumbing & Heating.