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Why Are Power Levels So Important in a New Heater?

heater-maintenance-serviceNo one likes to think about having to install a new heating system in the middle of the winter, but it does happen sometimes. When it does, you need to move quickly and get the new system installed before the cold weather turns your home into an icebox. Having said that, there are still some very important steps you need to take, most notably the power levels of the new system. Believe it or not, they can play a huge role in how effective your heater can be.

Can a Heater Be Too Powerful?

You probably know that an underpowered heater is a big problem. It will run and run all day–boosting your monthly costs in the bargain–without ever getting the house warm.

What most people don’t understand is that an overpowered heater can be just as problematic as an underpowered one. Heaters spend far more energy turning on and turning off than they do simply running, and if your heater is over-powered, it will warm the air too quickly. That creates a situation known as short cycling, where the heater turns on and then off again a short while later, only to quickly turn on again as the cold weather cools down the house.

That places an incredible amount of strain on the heating system, raising both your monthly bills and the chances of a serious breakdown. An overpowered heater will also likely need to be replaced much sooner than it should, reducing the value of the system considerably. The best new heating system follows what we like to call the “Goldilocks Rule”: neither overpowered nor underpowered, but just right.

If you need a new heating system installed in the Fort Worth, TX area, call on the friendly pros at Earthwise Home Services today to set up an appointment!

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