Your home’s heating system is a critical piece of equipment. Unless you live in an extremely warm environment, you need a reliable source of heat in the winter. While you can huddle around a space heater, it’s just not the same as having central heat.
While central heating systems can last for a long time, there are several reasons to consider upgrading the way you heat your home.
1. You’d like a change of style
The quality of your heating system is important, but so are the aesthetics. If you don’t mind a plain, boring HVAC system with standard vents, you probably don’t need to worry about style. However, if you’re going for a certain look inside your home, then style matters.
Consider the fact that you can install infrared heaters on your ceiling that will look elegant and heat your space more effectively than a conventional HVAC system. These heaters work better because infrared heat is absorbed better by the human body and it sticks to clothes and other objects around the house.
This brings up the next point: switching to infrared heat.
2. You’d like to feel warmer
Part of keeping a space warm requires retaining the heat you produce. With a standard HVAC system, only the air is heated, which means you have to close every window and seal every crack to get the most out of the heat.
Infrared heat is a little more forgiving because it heats objects directly, including your body. You’ll still feel cold with the windows open, but your body will feel warmer when the heat is infrared.
3. You’d like to save money
You can only save so much money by setting your thermostat to a lower temperature, and closing all the doors and windows. With a conventional HVAC system, you need to preserve energy and keep the heat in to save money, but that kind of heat isn’t as efficient as infrared.
When you upgrade your heating system to infrared heat, you’ll save money on your electric bill. Infrared heat uses 30-40% less energy and is nearly 100% efficient, which means you won’t have to run your heat as long to achieve the same temperature in your space. Your body will feel warmer faster, and with the right insulation, your space will stay warmer much longer.
4. You’re not getting good sleep
If you’re not getting good sleep, you might be sleep-deprived without knowing. You can actually sleep for twelve hours per night and still be sleep-deprived. The deprivation comes from not falling into a deep, restful state of REM, where your body regenerates and renews itself.
When sleep is an issue, take a look at your heating system to see if it might be part of the problem. Too much heat is detrimental to sleep. If your heating system isn’t turning on and off according to your programs, and you’re getting too much heat at night, it’s time to fix the problem.
Thankfully, fixing your thermostat will be much cheaper than replacing your entire heating system. While you’re looking for a new thermostat, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. This way, if the heat is ever too much, you can turn it down from your smartphone app without leaving your bed.
5. Your heating system is broken
The most obvious reason to upgrade your heating system is if it’s actually broken. If you’re struggling to stay warm, or you’re trying to use space heaters and blankets, it’s not worth the frustration.
If you need to fix your heating system, you may as well look into upgrades that will make it even better. For instance, you might want a smart thermostat or a heating system that allows you to control the temperature in each individual room.
6. You don’t have a heating system
Not having any heating system is the best reason to upgrade your home and install one ASAP. Everyone needs heat in their home, even if you only use it a few months out of the year.
Besides, if you have a heating system in your home, and you choose to sell your house later on, you’ll get more bids. Homes without heat tend to stay on the market much longer.
Stay warm and cozy with your perfect source of heat
Whether you upgrade your heating system to stay warmer or you want to add some class to your living space, it’s worth the consideration. Regardless of your motivation, the most important thing is that you can stay cozy and warm in your home.