A furnace is part of your home's HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system and is used to heat your living space with warm air. A furnace is a valuable investment in your home and your long-term comfort, so if you're replacing an existing furnace, it's important to understand your needs, your budget, and what's available. Here are 3 things to consider when buying a furnace:
1. Research reliability statistics. You can find good information by reading online reviews. Ask HVAC technicians about their history with repairing furnaces made by the manufacturers you're considering. You can also assume, to some extent, that units with warranties of 10 years or more will be more reliable than furnaces with only a few years of coverage.
2. Estimate annual operating costs. Once you determine the heating capacity for your home, and narrow down your search to include appropriately-sized furnaces, you can use the EnergyGuide label to estimate annual costs of operation. To estimate your specific power use, multiply the kWh (kilowatt-hours) listed on the label by the rate you pay (you'll find this figure on your energy bill). Operating costs will also depend on your specific fuel source (gas, electric, etc), outdoor temperatures, indoor temperatures set on your thermostat, the amount of insulation in your home, the number of floors and windows in your home, and how consistently you have preventative maintenance performed on the unit.
3. Options available today include highly energy-efficient furnaces that can adjust the heat flow throughout the home. Not only does this feature enhance overall comfort, it can potentially conserve energy and optimize indoor air quality. Regular tune-ups can help furnaces provide more years of service and have a decreased need for service calls. Failing to schedule annual maintenance checks can void your furnace's warranty.
For more information about purchasing a new furnace, including financing options and expert installation, please contact:
Golden Seal Service Experts
1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B
St. Charles, IL 60174