The last thing you want when it’s freezing outside is to have a problem with your furnace. Thus, when choosing a new furnace it is important to take into account several things including: efficiency, size, cost, etc. If you are in the market for a new furnace, the following are important considerations to remember before you buy.
- Pay attention to the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, which represents how effectively the unit converts fuel to energy. The minimum AFUE rating in the United States is 78-percent. The higher the percentage, the more fuel-efficient the furnace. A more efficient system will significantly reduce your energy bills.
- Size matters. You may want to save a few bucks and purchase a smaller unit, but it is essential to buy a properly sized furnace in order to keep your home confortable.
- Look for rebates from the manufacturer, which will help offset some of the system costs. Some states provide rebates too. Visit https://www.dsireusa.org to see what your state offers.
- Look for a furnace that comes with a good warranty. Most manufacturers offer a 10-year warranty today and may require you to register your equipment on their website.
- Have a professional install the unit. Heating systems are very complex and not everyone has the knowledge to install it properly. A system installed incorrectly may have performance issues and cost more money in the long run.
- Budget for maintenance and accessories. A furnace is an investment in your home. Excess dirt buildup can cause the unit to run improperly. Having your system properly maintained on a regular basis will ensure you’re breathing quality air and will keep it running effectively for years to come. Additionally, consider a programmable thermostat. You can program the system to be cooler during the day reducing operating costs and to be warmer by the time you get home from work.
For more information on purchasing or installing a new furnace contact A&A Mechanical Service at (215) 396-1525 or [email protected].