What You Should Ask Before Buying Your First Furnace
Buying a furnace is an important task, and you’ll want to choose a model that’s compatible with your home’s dimensions and needs. If this is your first experience with making such a purchase, there are some important questions you ought to ask.
What Type of Furnace Is Best for Your Requirements?
Furnaces can be fueled by electricity, oil, or gas. They also come in various sizes. The type and size of furnace you need will depend on how much interior space you must heat and how well-insulated your home is. Buying a furnace that’s too big for the property tends to cause short-cycling problems. As a result of short cycling, it probably won’t heat your home effectively. A professional heating installation company will evaluate your house to determine an appropriate recommendation.
How Is a Furnace’s Efficiency Rated?
The AFUE rating will let you know how efficient a furnace is. This stands for “annual fuel utilization efficiency,” and it represents the average, season-long efficiency of the equipment. It’s a simple ratio of the effective energy output you’ll derive from the energy input you utilize, and it’s expressed as a percentage. For example, if you expend 100 BTUs of natural gas in order to produce 90 BTUs of useful heat, the furnace would be rated at 90% AFUE. The higher the number, the more efficient the equipment.
What Are the Financial Considerations?
Equipment with the highest AFUE ratings will cost more to purchase but less to operate. Sometimes, the more expensive option will be cheaper in the long run due to the projected savings on monthly utility bills.
Of course, you should find out in advance what the total cost of the purchase and installation will be. However, don’t forget to inquire about discounts, incentives, and rebates, as these can make a significant difference.
Look into financing options that will allow you to spread out the expenditure. Most reputable companies will offer installation financing on approved credit.
Conscientious Expertise You Can Count On
In addition to helping clients choose a new furnace, the certified technicians from A-1 Heating Air Conditioning & Electric perform a full range of residential and commercial heating and cooling installation, maintenance, and repair services. We also perform duct cleaning services. Our company serves clients throughout Meridian, McCall, and the surrounding areas, and we’ve been in business since 1956. If you need advice on a furnace purchase or assistance with any home comfort need, call us today.