3 Factors To Consider When Getting A New Furnace

Posted on: 10 November 2022

A furnace is a great way to quickly heat your home to toasty levels in the winter. However, like any appliance, they eventually break down. If your furnace is getting old or showing signs of lost efficiency and effectiveness, it may be time to replace it. If you would like to know more, keep reading.

1. The Existing or Lacking Ductwork 

If you have forced air heating, you should already have ductwork. These ducts are vital for transporting the heated air throughout the home. If you have a different heating method like a boiler/radiator, radiant heating, or a mini-split system, you may not have ductwork.

If there is plenty of room in the walls, ceiling, attic, crawlspace, and basement, you can pay to have ducts installed, but this increases the price. If you already have ducts, you may need to make repairs or replacements. In some cases, going with a mini-split system may be the more affordable choice.

2. The System's Efficiency

Typically, you can trust that a newer furnace is more efficient than your old one. However, you can also look for the Energy Star label and check the SEER rating. The SEER rating measures how much energy the system uses vs. how much it puts out. The higher the SEER rating, the better the efficiency.

Don't forget to consider the size of the system. If you choose one that is too big, you may end up wasting a lot of money on both the system and monthly energy bills. If you choose one that is too small, it may not be effective.

3. Additional Features 

Furnaces have come a long way since they were first invented. Instead of just heating your home, some can condition the indoor air. Some features include:

  • Dehumidifier for humid environments 
  • Humidifier for dry environments
  • UV germ killer
  • Zoned heating
  • Air purification

In addition, there are some other features that you can add, but they may also be added later like a smart thermostat and HEPA filter. Last, consider whether you need a gas, electric, or oil furnace. Some homes may not be equipped to support gas furnaces.

A new furnace can help lower energy bills and boost indoor air quality. Before you buy, however, make sure you get the perfect choice for your needs and wants. If you would like to know more or want a quote on a new HVAC system, contact a furnace provider today.

Speak to a contractor to learn more about a new furnace installation.


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