When you own a relatively large electric-only home, heating during the winter season can be difficult in some cases. When you install a forced-air furnace to heat the home, you can sometimes struggle to find a system that is large enough to heat the entire home efficiently. If you've been struggling to maintain a comfortable temperature within your home, there are a few things that you can do to improve the situation. Here you'll find a few things that could help.
Call an Electrical Contractor
The first thing to do is to contact your electrical contractor to have your electrical system inspected. In some cases, a heating system that was working fine one year and doesn't the next could be a sign that there's a more serious issue within the electrical system itself—not a furnace problem.
The only way to know if the electrical system is in good condition and is providing enough power to your home to fuel the furnace and every other electrical component through the home is to have the electrician complete the tests and inspections. Only then will you know how to proceed.
Install a Secondary Furnace
One option that you have is to install a secondary electric furnace. For example, if you live in a two-story home, one will heat the first floor and the other will heat the second. This way, you're not overworking a single furnace to heat the entirety of the home.
This will take professional installation to get the job done right. Not only will the electrical components need to be installed, but ductwork will need to be tied into the existing system or disconnected from it, depending on how the technician recommends connection.
Note that, in some cases, the breaker panel will not be able to house another furnace, and you may need to install a new breaker panel. Your electrician will be able to tell you if you have enough slots open to directly install without upgrading the panel.
Use Portable Room Heaters
Another option is to use portable room heaters to keep the lived-in areas of your home comfortable. Rather than paying to heat the entire home to the temperature you prefer, the furnace can be set low and the room heaters can be used to elevate the temperatures in just those areas. This can actually end up saving you money if you choose efficient room heaters.
Talk with your local electrical contractor to learn more about improving the electric heating system within your home.Share