It’s time to retire your old home furnace and invest in a new one. How will you go about choosing the right replacement? While a contractor can provide suggestions, it’s ultimately your decision. Here are five points to keep in mind as you compare the options.
1. Evaluate Your Home’s Heating Needs
It’s time to take a fresh look at your home’s heating needs. Things may have changed since the current unit was installed. Have a contractor conduct an evaluation and determine what size furnace would keep the home at an even temperature during cold weather.
2. Consider The Type of Fuel Needed
Did you know there are units that use fuels other than natural gas? You can find models designed to use propane, heating oil, or electricity. Learn more about the cost of each fuel, the rate of consumption, and which options would work best for your home.
3. Look Into The Available Features
The new furnace is likely to include some features that were not around when your current unit was installed. Find out more about those features and see which ones you would helpful. In particular, look into features like zone heating, the air filtration system, variable speed blowers, and the configuration of the ignition system.
One that may be of particular interest is remote access and control of the thermostat settings. If you’re using a home network to control other functions already, there are thermostats that can be integrated into that network. You can program setting changes remotely, check the status, and even delete and create new changes to those settings using an app. Learn more information from Lennox and their available resources.
4. Stick With Reputable Brands
There’s a reason certain brands are in the forefront of the industry, and it’s not just effective marketing. Those brands earned their reputations. Look closely at the models each brand manufactures and how they fit in with what you need.
5. Always Look Closely At The ENERGY STAR Rating
The ENERGY STAR rating tells you that the unit has a higher rating for the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. It also indicates the blower exceeds basic standards and operates with more efficiency. This is important, since a higher ENERGY STAR rating translates to lower fuel consumption without compromising on comfort.
Keep in mind that you may be eligible for a rebate if you opt for a unit with a higher ENERGY STAR rating. That will help offset the overall cost of the purchase and the installation. The contractor hired to manage the installation can provide specific details about applying for the rebate.
That new furnace is something you will live with for a number of years. Take your time and don’t rush the selection process. Once you find the one that’s right for your home, make sure it’s installed by a professional. In the years to come, you’ll be glad that you put in the extra effort.