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Renovating an Older Home? What to Know When Changing the Heating System

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Purchasing and renovating an older home is a dream come true for those who enjoy DIY home repair projects. However, if the home will require a new heating system, as many older homes often do, it is important to make sure that the work is done correctly. In addition, older home owners may also want to consider switching their home heat type from gas or oil to a cleaner burning electric model. If you are considering replacing your older home's current heating system with an electric system, this information can help. 

Why choose electric heat? 

Homes that are heated by fuel oil, liquid propane (LP) or natural gas are often at the mercy of fluctuating pricing. When the supply is plentiful, the per gallon price can be very reasonable, but when consumption rates are high or production levels fall, prices may reach less affordable levels. In addition, any type of fuel that is stored on site in a tank can be a problem if a refill is not ordered on time or when inclement weather prevents a delivery from coming.

Opting for electrical heat, such as an electrical furnace system can eliminate each of those problems and offer the homeowner a more stable heating experience. 

Will the home's electrical panel need an upgrade? 

Older homes that currently have fuel oil or gas heat may require an upgrade of the home's electrical system to support the installation. This upgrade can include replacing wiring, upgrading the fuse panel to handle the additional voltage and making sure that the wiring and the electrical panel meet all applicable safety codes for your area. 

Can a generator be used to power an electric furnace during an outage? 

Buying a backup generator system is an excellent way for homeowners to keep their homes warm and comfortable during power outages. Since considerable power will need to be generated in order to power both the heating element and the blower fans in an electric furnace, it is important to consider the total amount of kilowatts you will need to power your furnace, as well as any lights or appliances needed during this time. In most cases, a stationary model that is professionally installed by a qualified electrician will be the best choice for homes with electric heat.

For specific questions about electrical services, or to schedule a professional installation, homeowners should discuss their home and their heating needs with a reputable HVAC contractor in their area.