4 Criteria for Buying a New Furnace
Whether your current one has broken down and you need a new one, you want to upgrade, or you are changing fuel sources, you plan on having a new furnace installed.
Before settling on a company to do the installation as well as the unit itself, there are a few factors that need to be considered. Being mindful of the following ones will make sure you get what you need.
1. Size of home
Before settling on a furnace you are considering, you need to be conscious of the size of your home. Buying one too big for your home will mean too much power and since larger units cost more, you will be wasting money. A furnace too small will result in not being able to heat all areas of your home.
When considering your options, ensure the installer does a measurement of your home. In doing so, they will know how much output your new furnace should have in terms of British Thermal Units (BTUs). That way, you and your family will get the furnace that meets yours and your home’s needs.
2. Fuel source
When choosing a furnace, you need to consider the source of fuel it will use to operate. While most homeowners will just go with the fuel source already available in your home, you may have more than one at your disposal or you may be looking to make a change if possible.
The most common furnaces usually use one of three fuel sources: gas, oil, or electricity. Gas furnaces utilize natural gas and are the most efficient. Due to the high price of electricity, you will be able to save a significant amount of money. Oil furnaces cost a lot more to operate due to oil prices and tend to take up more space. However, if you live in a rural area this may be your only option. Electric furnaces are more expensive to operate than gas but are still popular because most homes have electrical connections already available.
3. Type of system
While the main function of an HVAC unit is to heat and cool a home no matter which model you get, you still need to make a decision regarding the type of system you want and/or need.
Furnaces are available in two common types: split systems and packaged systems. Split systems are the most popular option. With this system the furnace is in a basement, crawlspace, or attic and the air conditioning unit is outdoors. Packaged systems do the same as split systems but the heating and cooling both come from one single unit. These systems are more for people who do not have the space to accommodate two separate units doing two separate jobs.
You want the furnace that you choose to be efficient in heating your whole home. However, price is still a factor and this is understandable. The fact that you also have to factor in the price for installation labour means you need to be careful when agreeing to a contract with an HVAC company.
Before going ahead with a furnace installation, review the contract with the company to ensure all costs are included in the final quote. While the actual furnace unit will be the bulk of your costs, also remember that you will need to pay for labour, alterations to the unit, and any work that needs to be done on your ducts. Many newer furnaces come with features that you may not need. Therefore, if you are looking to save on costs, have a unit that just has the bare essentials as these will be more economical.