How long have you used your furnace? If the furnace has been in use for a long time, it may be time to replace it. Replacing your furnace will help to save money and prevent accidents in the house. Here are three things to consider before replacing your furnace:
1. Heating Capacity
Before installing a new furnace, check the current system. You may find that the unit you want to install has a lower voltage capacity than the current unit. Make sure your replacement unit will match your current unit’s output.
Also, get a good contractor to replace the current furnace and fit the new one properly. To find out whether a furnace will be a good fit for you home, check your insulation level, size of windows, climate, and how large the new furnace is.
2. Efficiency Rating
Before replacing, keep in mind that all furnaces have an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) whose closest rating is 100 percent. Furnaces come with different AFUE percentages. For example, there are furnaces with a 90 percent AFUE and others with 80 percent AFUE. The 90 percent units are more expensive than the 80 percent AFUE models. Moreover, the energy saving of these expensive units is higher.
You can hire a HVAC contractor to help you determine the furnace efficiency of a unit you want to buy and whether the extra upfront investment is worth it. If you buy a good furnace, you will experience the benefits in terms of lower energy bills. Moreover, when the cold winter sets in, the furnace will provide the heat it has been saving over time.
3. Fuel Source
When it comes to fuel, consider if the current and new furnace units use the same fuel. Keep in mind that the prices of oil, natural gas electricity and other fuel fluctuate. You may have a choice on which unit to go for if fuel and price are different. You should also find the fuel that will be right for your home. Also, consider its availability and environmental impact.
When you get the right fuel, consider the cost of installing the unit when changing fuel. Also, get a furnace unit that will run on the fuel you want. Installing a good furnace can be expensive. However, the unit will be a good investment since it will serve you for a long time. Moreover, you will see its benefit in terms of power and energy saving.
The above are some of the things you should consider when looking to replace your furnace at home. Hiring a good contractor to install your furnace is crucial to the cost savings you will enjoy in the long run. Get in touch with us to discuss your furnace replacement options.