Furnace Replacement Services in Milwaukee
Heating System Replacement
Replacing a furnace or boiler in the greater Milwaukee area is a very important decision. If your furnace or heating system is more than 15 years old, it may be time to replace it with a more energy-efficient model. New energy-efficient furnaces can save families hundreds of dollars on their energy bills every year! We have the knowledge, experience and right products to ensure your home is fitted with the best solution to meet its needs and keep you and your family comfortable during the coldest of days and nights. Call us today for a no-obligation consult.
Things to Look for When Purchasing a New Heating System
No matter the type of heating system, it must be properly sized for your house – one size does not fit all. A qualified heating contractor should perform a heat loss on your home to determine how much heat is required to heat your home comfortably on the coldest day of the year. This should be used as the upper sizing limit, as installing too large of a heating system is not good for a home; it will only waste energy and break down more frequently, shortening the life of the system.
You should become skeptical if your contractor simply looks at your old system and quotes you a price on a system of the same size. Changes in your home over the years can lead to it requiring a larger or sometimes smaller system.Even if your home has not gone through any major changes since the installation of the existing heating system, it may not have been properly sized when first installed. A system that is too big or too small will lead to future problems, higher fuel bills and the premature failure of the system. Proper sizing is the most important element when selecting a new heating system for your home.
Proper Steps to Size a System
Many factors should be considered in sizing the proper heating system for your home. Key factors include the following:
- The local climate
- Fuel types available
- Size, shape, and orientation of the house
- Insulation levels
- Windows (location, area and type)
- Air infiltration rates
- The number and ages of occupants
- Desired comfort levels wanted by the occupants
- The types and efficiencies of lights and major home appliances that give off heat
These factors affect a home’s heating requirement, or “load.” Your contractor should measure walls, ceilings, floor space, and windows to determine the room volumes, and should assess the R-value of the home’s insulation, windows, and building materials. An estimate of the building’s air leakage should be conducted; using a blower door test is the best way to measure air leakage.
When designing your new heating system, the contractor you choose should do the following:
- Use a computer program or written calculation procedure to size the system
- Provide a written contract listing the main points of your installation and includes the results of the load calculation
- Give you a written warranty on equipment and workmanship
- Allow you to hold the final payment until you are satisfied with the new system