Our central heating system died a year ago.
Before that, it was functional for around nine years until the heating technician told us to start thinking about new heating when he came for the second routine heater maintenance visit.
My husband asked him what he would recommend us to save for because we’d lost touch with developments in the heating industry, and the HVAC professional told us we’d find better help with indoor comfort if we bought a heat pump. We had to do our research from friends who had transitioned to a heat pump installation because we needed to learn more about heating and to cool with the new technology. We found several who had upgraded, all with good things to say about the system. All we had to do was visit the heating company and compare the prices of their equipment and their features. One of my husband’s friends told us to make sure we got a smart thermostat because it would help us remember and handle many new things with the new unit since we were all getting older and more forgetful. He was right because, with our older unit, the heating dealer had to keep reminding us that we were long overdue for our maintenance, so it would be nice to have technology take over and fill some gaps. We were also lucky enough to get a tax refund for buying what we were told at the heating business is an energy-efficient and more climate-friendly heating system, saving us money. It’s been a year of comfort and ease because we’ve not had a hitch in whole-home heating, even on the coldest days. My husband has found pleasure in clearing debris and snow away from the outdoor part of the heater as I handle the gardening work, so we are happy about our upgrade.