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Time for a New Furnace? Tips for Choosing the Right Replacement

  • January 01, 2014

If you’ve decided it’s time for a new furnace, chances are you’re going to be doing yourself a favor. Old furnaces aren’t nearly as efficient as new models and can end up needlessly wasting homeowners’ money. But, to be sure you make a wise purchasing decision, here are some valuable tips on choosing the right replacement when you need a new furnace.

  • Decide if you want gas or electric. Generally speaking, gas has historically been less expensive as a fuel source than electricity. But, if your home runs on solar energy and you pay very little or nothing for your electricity, you may be smart to invest in an electric furnace, as long as your electricity supply is still hooked in to the power grid. That way if you run short on solar power, your furnace will still operate. A gas furnace doesn’t run quite as cleanly as an electric furnace, but as long as you keep it well maintained, you shouldn’t have problems.
  • Consider the AFUE rating. The annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating will give you an idea of how efficiently the furnace uses fuel to produce heat. A more efficient furnace with a higher AFUE will cost more upfront, but it may also lead to greater savings over the course of its life.
  • Not all furnace blowers are the same. If your furnace will be located in a closet on the same level as your living quarters, you’ll want to research the amount of noise you can expect. If it’s going into the garage or basement, the noise level is less of a consideration. You can find out details about noise levels from your HVAC contractor or sales representative for that particular model.
  • Choose a furnace with a generous warranty period. Some furnaces give out before their time. When they do, it’s nice to have that warranty backup. Also consider a maintenance agreement with your HVAC company to ensure it’s always provided the proper preventive maintenance to extend its life span.

If you need a new furnace or have other home comfort concerns, contact Comfort Services, Inc. We proudly serve the HVAC needs of homeowners in and around the Sanford area.