When replacing your house's heating system, there are several ways you can customize it to better suit your needs. Taking advantage of modern smart systems, ensuring it has high energy efficiency, and even using different types of ducts can noticeably reduce your energy costs and improve your comfort.
Make it Modern
One of the easiest ways to add plenty of customization to your heating system is to take advantage of smart utilities. A smart thermostat functions like other smart devices — like home assistants — and will let you set routines, adjust the temperature with your voice, and give you weather forecasts.
If you have other smart utilities in your home, you can combine them with your heating system in a variety of ways. For example, you could set your furnace to turn on automatically when your phone connects to WiFi, or you could set your heat settings to change after sunrise and sunset. Along with the default options that come with your thermostat, you can also find pre-made routines on the internet that add even more options and convenience.
Since different thermostats come with different features, talk to your HVAC installer about which specific features you'd like to see in your new system to ensure you get just what you need.
Increase Energy Efficiency
New furnaces will usually be more efficient than old ones simply because they use technologies, but there are other ways you can ensure you're getting the best options for your energy bill. One way to do this is to have a variable-speed or two-stage furnace installed instead of a single-speed furnace. Single-speed furnaces only have two options: on and off. A variable-speed furnace, on the other hand, can run at different speeds depending on your heating needs, and also allows your furnace to run constantly at a lower power level, which keeps your home at a more consistent temperature and uses less energy.
Another option is to have dampers installed in your ducts. These set up a zoning system, which allows you to set different temperatures for different parts of your home. When you're only heating parts of your home that need it or setting higher temperatures only in certain rooms, this can make a noticeable impact on your heating bill.
Use High-Velocity Ducts
If redoing your ducts is within your budget, one valuable option to consider is high-velocity ducts. These are smaller than standard ducts and also much more efficient. Their size lets them run through more areas in your home, and their registers also blend in better with walls, floors, and ceilings.
In exchange, these ducts tend to be a little more expensive to install, but their efficiency and convenience can make it well worth the cost. Talk to a heating system installation professional to see if these might be a good fit for your home.