Five Things To Consider When You Replace Your Furnace

The choice of which furnace model you purchase and have installed is an important one that will impact utility costs and comfort in your home for a long time to come. For this reason, you'll want to make sure you carefully consider all the pertinent factors that will influence the suitability of your furnace.

The following are five important factors you need to look into when you buy a new furnace for your home:

The fuel source you're going to be using

You have a few options to choose from for the fuel source for your furnace. You can choose from oil, gas, and electric.

The fuel source that's best for your home will depend on a variety of factors, including how much room you have, what your area's climate is like, and how concerned you are with the sustainability of your fuel source. 

Natural gas is generally the most environmentally friendly fuel source. An electric fuel pump offers the advantages of being economical and offering air conditioning in the summer. Oil and propane may be the only choice available, other than electric, if there are no gas lines in your area.

The way your furnace will affect the quality of your interior air

You'll want to choose a furnace that won't harm your home's interior air during normal operation. Perhaps the most important component in improving interior air is your furnace filter.

You want to have a furnace filter that will be easy to change multiple times each year to keep removing debris and contaminants from your air so that they don't get distributed through your ductwork.

The placement of variable-speed blowers in your unit

Furnace units are generally constructed with one of two types of blower: the fixed-speed blower, or the variable-speed blower.

It's important to look into variable-speed blowers because they are known for offering greater control and comfort in a home's interior. Variable-speed blowers are generally able to keep a home's interior air at a more consistent temperature. 

The cost of purchasing your unit and having it installed

Generally speaking, the purchase price of the furnace itself is much more than the cost of having the furnace installed. Factors including the size of the furnace unit and the special features, like variable-speed blowers and air filtration features, will affect the unit's costs.

To determine the value you'll get from your new furnace, you should calculate the size of the unit you need according to the square footage of your home. Furnace units are generally rated in terms of BTUs to determine what size unit a particular home needs.

Ask an HVAC technician to help you to determine the right size unit so that you can avoid overspending. 

The offerings of the warranty covering your unit

Choosing a unit with good warranty coverage over a unit with poor warranty coverage is important. Parts can break down over time on a furnace and require expensive repairs, so paying attention to warranty options is important. 

For more information, contact professionals like Brian's Heat and Air.

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