When it comes to purchasing a new furnace, many homeowners feel as though it’s a relatively simple task. This is because many homeowners don’t fully understand the numerous options for their HVAC systems and their various features, resulting in the purchase of yet another generic system with mediocre performance. But a furnace is undoubtedly a major investment and should be seen as such. Here are just a few tips to help you make the best purchasing decision when it’s time for you to buy a new furnace.
Prioritize Energy Savings
When shopping for a new furnace, or any type of heating and cooling system, for that matter, there’s no reason why energy savings and eco-friendliness shouldn’t be a priority. Furnaces with AFUE (Annual Fuel Use Efficiency) ratings between 90% and 95% are considered “high efficiency” furnaces, so consider this metric carefully when browsing different models and designs. The fact remains that furnaces typically last an average of 15 to 18 years, and investing in an eco-friendly furnace can result in years of energy savings and lower utility costs.
Choose Furnace Size Carefully
When considering the size of heating system you need to heat your home adequately and efficiently, keep in mind that they’re typically classified based on the square footage they’re able to heat. HVAC contractors can provide insight if you’re unsure. But take your time with this step, because a furnace that’s too small for your home will have to overwork itself to keep your home warm. On the other hand, investing in a furnace that’s too large can result in increased energy consumption.
Consider Power Source
Finally, make sure to carefully consider the power source you want for your new heating system. The two most common power sources are electricity and natural gas, and any existing furnace you have should typically be replaced with one of the same power source.
Ultimately, some HVAC experts say up to 75% of no-heat calls in the winter are related to a lack of maintenance. Making sure you have a reliable and well-maintained furnace is the key to optimizing energy efficiency, so don’t hesitate to reach out to an HVAC installation professional for assistance. For more information about heating and cooling services, contact Curry and Johnson today.