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How to Pick the Right Heating System

Schaible's Plumbing - Thursday, November 18, 2010

Furnace? Boiler? Something else?
How to Pick Your Heat

It’s time for a new heating system. Do you:

A) Go with whatever system you already have?

B) Want something different, but feel it’s too difficult to decide so you return to choice A?

C) Ask an expert to look at your home and then help you select the best system for your needs within your budget?

We know it’s tempting to default to choice A, but at Schaible’s we make it easy to learn and decide.

There are two ends to the heating process: generation and distribution. Generation is how heat is created. Distribution is how heat is moved to each room in your home.

First, you’ll select generating equipment. Boilers heat water to start the heating process. Hot water can heat your home ‘as is,’ or it can be superheated into steam. Furnaces, on the other hand, heat air directly. Both boilers and furnaces can run on oil, natural gas, propane, electricity, or heat from the earth (geothermal).

No matter what generates the heat in your home, you’ll need a distribution system to ‘deliver the goods.’ The best heat generation system will still leave you uncomfortable without an appropriate and efficient means of delivery. Some common heat delivery methods are: ductwork and registers for hot air, piping for hot water and radiant heat, baseboard and radiators for hot water or steam, and panels for radiant heat.

There are some other factors to take into consideration when selecting a heating system, such as whether your current heating system also generates hot water. We’ll ask you questions about your heating and cooling preferences: Do you prefer separate heat and hot water generation? Do you have or want central air conditioning? Is natural gas available in your neighborhood? Will you be adding to your home? Replacing floors or ceilings?

The answers to these questions, along with an inspection and analysis of your current heating system, will allow us to give you the answers you need to make the right choice.

Call us at 908-537-6770 to evaluate your heating system and find a better, more comfortable and cost effective solution. Schaible’s is there for you with options and answers. Talk to us before you rule anything out - you’ll rest assured you made the best possible choice.
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I have used Schaible’s Plumbing & Heating for 3 bathroom remodels. The service was great and they were very friendly and courteous.

Ron Gandelman

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