Top Tips for Buying a New Furnace
With winter fast approaching, you might be starting to worry about whether or not your old furnace can make it through the season – and if your wallet can survive the higher gas prices that will come with the declining temperature. An energy-efficient machine might be the solution you’ve been looking for, as a properly-sized and well-installed furnace is a money-saving addition to your HVAC system.
When purchasing a furnace, it’s important to remember that you’re buying two things – the furnace and the installation. While the two might come as a packaged deal, should one be subpar, the system won’t deliver as intended.
When choosing a furnace, the best tip we can give you is to be informed. The more information you’re armed with, the more likely you are to select the ideal product for your home.
Choosing a machine due to the efficiency is always a good plan, as it can save you up to $300 per year, but knowing how efficient it should be is important. The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating lets you know how well the furnace uses gas, with a higher number generally being the best option. An AFUE of over 95% is required for natural gas and propane furnaces to be considered high efficiency machines while the rating for a fuel oil furnace is expected to be at least 90%.
Also, the machine you pick needs to more qualities than just efficiency. Verify that your new furnace is a sealed combustion machine, which protects your home from carbon monoxide poisoning. Your furnace should also have a variable-speed fan that is compatible with your duct work to ensure less noise and even heating throughout your home.
The second tip we can impart is don’t be afraid to push back. Questions are how you find the best deal with the best contractor to put in your machine.
Check with multiple contractors for estimates along with your utility company to find not only the best price, but also to find the most knowledgeable person that you feel comfortable with handling the installation. A contractor might offer only one or two options of machines, and you should feel free to tell them if the machines they offer aren’t what you want.
Additionally, ask your utility company if there are any rebates or financial benefits that they offer for installing a more efficient furnace. Many utility companies will not post these benefits on their website so it’s best to contact them directly.
The final and best tip we can give is be patient. The upfront cost might cause you to wince, but the overall savings in utility bills as well as the added resale value to your home will pad your wallet in the long run. Plus, the added comfort to your home and family this winter is worth the investment.