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Questions to Ask When Choosing a New Heater


Have you started using your heater yet? Our nights have gotten pretty cold lately, so there is a good chance you have. If this is the case, we want to ask how your heater is doing. If you answer that your heater has barely been functional, then we want to let you know that you don’t have to put up with poor comfort.

A poorly working heater, or one that isn’t really working at all, isn’t worth fretting over. When your heater reaches the end of its lifespan, you have every reason to replace it. But that means going through the process of finding a new system, which can feel overwhelming for some people.

Selecting a system for heating installation in Columbia, SC is no small task, but it is one that we can help make easier. Let’s look at some of the questions you’ll need to ask when choosing your next heating system so you feel better equipped to make an informed decision.

What options do you have for fuel and energy?

First and foremost you will need to figure out what the main power source for your heater will be. Don’t have a natural gas connection? You may want to consider an all-electric furnace or a heat pump. But if you do have a gas connection you might be able to go for a gas-powered furnace.

How big is the space to be heated?

You need a heater that can provide heat for your entire home. That means that the “size” of your heater is as importat as the “size” of your AC. Sizing refers to the level of power consumed to heat the total square footage of a space.

What is your budget?

Are you tight on funds? It might make it feel like a new heater is out of your reach if so. However, if you’re looking at paying for a repair bill for a heater that isn’t working that could easily pay for half of a new system, we’d advise looking at the newer system. We can help you find a heater that fits your budget and can even help you find financing options that make this decision a lot easier.

What level of control are you looking for?

Modern heaters offer customizability that their predecessors didn’t. Take a moment to think about the comfort needs of your home. Do you need a heater that can simply keep the whole house at the same temperature? Or are you looking for a system that can adjust the temperature of a single room or section of the home more than others? Certain types of heat pumps can offer more control over zoning than others, so make sure to look into these options with your technician.

A Technician Can Help With Your Decision

Hopefully, the questions that we’ve listed above have helped you to narrow your options down or at least feel better about your next steps. Ultimately, you will want to work with a professional technician to make your final selection and get it installed.

Professional installation can make or break the level of comfort your next system can provide. Come to our team for installation that will ensure your next system offers the best effectiveness and efficiency.

Contact Fulmer Heating & Cooling today to get started.

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