There are all kinds of reasons to consider purchasing a new furnace, but let’s say this is the first time you’ve faced such a possibility. So what exactly might some of those reasons be? Well, for one, the age of your current system itself. It was designed to last about 15 – 20 years – if yours is within or even past that limit, you may opt to replace it now before inevitable repair problems not only start happening, but piling up.
Other reasons that might prompt you to replace your furnace now are more frequent repairs, considerably higher heating bills, noisy operation, and hot and cold spots throughout your home.
Regardless of what your particular reasons might be, let’s examine three factors that should weigh heavily on your ultimate purchasing decision.
#1. Energy Efficiency.
While today’s furnaces must have at least an 83% AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating, some models feature AFUE ratings of 97% and even higher. As you might imagine, the higher the rating, the more energy efficient the furnace, and often the greater the initial purchase price. Still, and before making your final decision, do the math to see what your expected energy savings might be from one model to another, because with a high efficiency furnace, you can recoup the entire cost in just a few years.
#2. Fuel source.
Right now, gas furnaces are far and away the leading choice throughout the land, and for several good reasons, including widespread availability, consistent natural gas pricing, and high levels of safety. But you do have other options, including heat pumps, ductless air systems, dual fuel systems (a gas furnace combined with a heat pump), and others.
#3. Proper system sizing.
No matter what type of heating system you settle, it’s extremely important that it be properly sized for the size and layout of your home and your family’s home heating needs. That’s your best assurance of getting the most value for your money, which includes a longer system lifespan, fewer repairs along the way, and maximum energy efficiency.
If a new home heating system is on your personal shopping list, we invite you to contact Budget Air Conditioning, Heating, and Plumbing today. We offer free in-home consultations and new system quotes to help ensure you get the best possible heating system for your home, family, and budget. Why not call to request your in-home consultation today.