How To Find The Right Heating System For Your Home

How To Find The Right Heating System For Your Home

Different Types of Home Heating Systems

When it comes to home heating systems, it’s definitely not a one-size-fits all type of scenario. Just take a second to think about how drastically different homes in your neighborhood are and then combine that with the fact that not everyone feels comfortable in the same environment and not everyone can afford the same things either. Is it starting to make a bit more sense, now?


There are lots of factors that go into determining the best heating system for your home, but there’s no reason to stress. We’re going to break down some of the most important things to consider below, and just remember, there’s always a professional out there that can help with your individual needs in just about any unique situation.

Consider Your Needs

Are you only trying to heat a small area of the house? Do you need a system that can heat the basement, the main floor and the upstairs bedrooms simultaneously? Do you want a zoned heating system that gives you great control over the temperature, and therefore the comfort, in different rooms of the house at the same time? These are all questions you need to ask yourself as you begin shopping around for a new heating system.

Consider The Size Of Your Home

You may be tempted to head out to the store to purchase the biggest and best heating system you can find because you’re tired of waking up feeling like an icicle and you and your family just can’t seem to get warm during the winter months. Well, we advise against that as the size of your home plays a large role in determining the size of your heating system.

Similar to an air conditioning system, if a heating system is too large or to small for the space, it will never operate efficiently. A system that’s too large will meet demand rather quickly and will have a tendency to turn on and off more frequently, wasting energy.

A system that’s too small will likely be working around the clock to get the interior of your home up to the set temperature, which again, will waste energy.

Remember the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Keep that story in mind as you shop.

Consider The Efficiency Rating

Every new heating system will come with an efficiency rating, or AFUE. The higher the AFUE rating, the less it will cost to operate the system. Minimum efficiency systems typically fall into the 78-80% range, while mid-level systems fall into the 83-87% range and high efficiency systems falling into the 90-96% range.

Consider The Energy Source

Natural gas is the most common form of heating fuel in the United States, but that doesn’t mean it’s available in every neighborhood. In areas that are not equipped with natural gas, homeowners have the option of choosing propane or electric as the main source of energy.

Not sure what your home can and cannot handle? We can help!

Consider Your Budget

This is one of the most important factors of all. We understand that not every family can afford a top-of-the-line heating system and that’s quite alright. There are plenty of options on the market to meet just about any budget.

Just remember, it may be worth it to spend a bit more upfront if the system is going to save you money on energy bills each month for the next 10-20 years.

No matter how big or small your home, and how big or small your budget, the expert heating technicians at Total Comfort Solutions will help you choose the perfect system for your home. We’ll guide you through every step and answer any and all questions you may have throughout the process.

At Total Comfort Solutions, we don't just install heating systems. We also specialize in the service and repair of all makes and models of equipment. Our Walla Walla Valley heating repair technicians are committed to getting to the bottom of the problem quickly so you and your family can enjoy a heated home in no time. In fact, we offer 24/7 services for those emergencies that cannot wait.


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