6 Questions to Ask When Buying a Furnace
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6 Questions to Ask When Buying a Furnace for Your Home

furnace for the homeThe cost of owning an old furnace can be incredibly expensive due to repair costs and energy bills. At some point, most homeowners will need to replace their existing heater.

A new furnace is an investment. Before you buy, consider these questions and then connect with your HVAC technician who is familiar with your home and heating needs to decide your best course of action:

  • Does your furnace need frequent repairs?
  • How much is your heating bill?
  • What would your savings look like with a new furnace?

When buying a new furnace for your home, there are many things to be aware of to find the best fit for you and your home. The following list includes tips when shopping for a new furnace, but we also advise you to contact a professional who is dedicated to providing you efficient and economical heating.

What fuel type should I look for?

Depending on where you live, the cost of electricity in your area, and what your needs are, your fuel type might change. There are benefits to both gas and electric furnaces.

With electric furnaces, the fuel is cleaner and doesn’t generate fumes, while gas furnaces are typically less expensive. Most people tend to stay with the same fuel type as their older furnaces; however, this is the perfect time to think of making a switch.

Is it an energy-efficient furnace?

A more energy-efficient furnace will lower your energy bill drastically. However, it is essential to compare the long-term savings with the cost of the furnace to find which one would be the most cost-effective.

To figure this out, look at what your energy bill is, think of how long you’ll be staying in your home, and consider what government rebates are available. Another note is that a higher efficiency furnace means that it is more complex and, therefore, more expensive to repair. With this information, you’ll be able to find which heater is best for your home.

What is the warranty?

A furnace is an investment, and it is essential to know how long the warranty for it lasts and what it covers. No matter how well-made your furnace is, it will eventually need a repair. When there is a long-term warranty on a furnace, it means that the manufacturer trusts it will be operable for years to come without any issues.

Although a furnace with a long-warranty indicates that it is a solid piece of equipment, it is important to get advice from an expert who sees which heaters need to be repaired the most.

How big does my furnace need to be?

When it comes to finding the perfect furnace, size matters a lot. A furnace that is too large and a furnace that is too small both overwork your HVAC system increasing costs and contribute to early wear and tear of its lifespan and parts.

An oversized furnace will use more fuel that is needed to heat your home, consuming more power, and raising energy bills. A furnace that is too small won’t have the ability to keep your house warm, having to work harder and increasing the cost.

Finding the right size furnace for your home depends on several factors, including your heating needs, energy efficiency, type of windows, insulation, ceiling height, and more. Working with an HVAC team will help make the process of choosing a new furnace easier.

Is installation included?

One of the most important aspects of getting a new furnace that affects performance and reliability is its installation. The furnace should be appropriately sized and installed by an experienced and certified HVAC technician to ensure it works the way it is designed.

Does my furnace require regular maintenance?

To ensure that your furnace, new or old, is working efficiently and follows the warranty requirements, be sure to sign up for a maintenance program. These are biannual inspections (ac in spring and furnace in fall) that include checking, cleaning, and replacing the air filters as well as inspecting the equipment. A maintenance program extends the life of your furnace and keeps it operating at peak efficiency.

Every home deserves to have a reliable and efficient heating system in the cold months. If you’re looking at investing in a new furnace, contact us to see how we can help you.