Quick Guide: Selecting a New Heater

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A warm and cozy room has always been a dream of many homeowners in Anchorage, AK, and Discount Mechanical has always made it possible for them.

The secret? We help them find the best heating system!

If you want to experience the same comfort, here’s a quick guide in selecting a new heater:

When To Replace Your System?

It’s time to invest in a new heater if…

  • Your unit requires frequent repairs.
  • Your unit no longer performs as expected.
  • Your unit causes your monthly utility bill to rise.

Here are factors to consider when selecting a new unit:


The size of the room has always been the biggest determining factor on which heating system to choose.

For instance, an oversized unit may suffer from frequent short-cycling (an event where the system fails to produce expected air conditioning. An oversized heater will also use far more energy than needed for keeping your home comfortable. On the other hand, an undersized heater won’t be able to heat up your home properly.

Here’s one tip! When looking for a replacement system, make sure to have a pro check the size of your current unit. Your local HVAC specialist calculates the size of your unit based on several factors, such as your home’s square footage, insulation, ceiling’s height, number of windows, etc.

Fuel Source

After deciding the right size of unit, it is important to know the primary fuel source for your system. Common fuel sources for heaters are electricity, natural gas, propane gas, and oil heating. Look for the availability and the cost of the energy source that’s right for your new heater.

AFUE Ratings

Using the most efficient system will help save big time on your overall heating cost.

A higher AFUE means higher efficiency. A high-performing unit has an AFUE rating of up to 98.5% while a normal mid-level system has an AFUE rating of up to 85%.

Need more help in selecting a new heater? For professional consultation and advice for your heating systems, feel free to contact us today at Discount Mechanical.