A furnace is the most efficient way to keep your home well-heated in cold weather. Furnace installation is not a one-size-fits-all process—there are a number of different furnace models, each with their own advantages and maintenance needs. Here are some of the things you should consider before buying a new furnace and having it installed in your home.
One of the most important considerations to remember when purchasing a new furnace is size. Bigger furnaces requires larger air ducts and can be more expensive to install. Big furnaces also may use more energy than is requires to heat your home, resulting in wasted energy and expensive utility bills. Smaller furnaces are optimal for smaller houses but a model that’s too small may not have the capacity required to adequately heat your house. Choosing a furnace that is the right size for your home, not too big or too small, will save you money and help you to get the most out of your home heating unit.
Many homeowners are concerned with having an energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive furnace. How well a furnace turns gas into heat is known as its annual fuel-utilization-efficiency (AFUE) rating. The higher the AFUE percentage, the more heat that’s produced per unit of gas, which saves you money and helps to protect the environment. Today’s furnaces are much more energy efficient than their predecessors—in the 1970s, the average AFUE percentage was 65% and today the greenest furnace models can achieve a AFUE percentage of up to 97%. Energy-efficient furnaces tend to more costly than normal models, but the extra investment will save you money on utility bills in the future.
Finding the right furnace for your home take careful consideration. Before committing to a particular brand or model, think about the heating needs of your home and how to best address them. At ClearView Plumbing, we have a number of different furnaces available for installation, including energy-efficient models. For more information about our furnace installation, repair and maintenance services, contact us today!