What to Look for in a New Furnace
You’ve decided to purchase a new furnace or heating system, but what things should you look for in your new furnace? As a homeowner, here are the big things to consider:
The efficiency of your new furnace is a very important consideration because the higher the efficiency, the less fuel will be required to heat your home. Efficiency is measured by the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency), which measures the furnace’s overall energy performance. The higher the AFUE, or efficiency, the more heat you’ll get for every dollar you spend.
The increased energy savings from a high efficiency furnace over a low efficiency furnace will usually allow you to recover the cost of the new furnace in as little as 6 years. And, a high-efficiency furnace runs quieter and makes your house more comfortable since it can maintain a more constant household temperature. Look for models with an Energy Star® label; this means the furnace has an efficiency rating of 90% or higher for propane and 85% or higher for heating oil.
An important consideration is whether the furnace is the right size for your home. Your new furnace should be big enough, but not overly large. A furnace that is too large will not heat your home better, and it may be less efficient and wear out more quickly than a properly-sized furnace. Your local heating professional will be able to advise you on what is best for your area and for your home.
Installation and Ductwork
There are many factors to consider with the proper installation of a furnace. You should make sure to do your homework and be sure to hire a qualified and reputable heating professional. One thing that people often overlook is that the rest of the system needs to work well with the furnace you select. For example, you need to ensure that the ductwork throughout your house has to be the proper fit for your furnace. If it is not, then the furnace won’t heat your home efficiently.
If you have any questions regarding a new furnace, then be sure to contact an Irving heating expert online, or call us at 1.888.310.1924 – we’re here to help.
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Posted on March 21, 2012