Considerations for Buying a New Furnace
This is not the time of year you want to discover your furnace is reaching the end of its useful life, but that’s how Murphy’s Law works, right? Although you need a new furnace now, it is important not to rush when purchasing such an important appliance for your home. There are a number of factors you need to consider to make sure you select the best unit for your needs and budget.
Finding the Right Furnace for Your Home
Not every furnace is suited for installation in every home. To find a furnace that will replace your old one, you need to know:
- Size/output of furnace needed
The size of your home greatly impacts the output (measured in BTU/hr) your furnace must deliver to keep your home comfortable. Many less experienced contractors install overly large systems that operate less efficiently, cycle on and off frequently (which causes unnecessary noise) and may result in uneven temperatures inside your home.
- Fuel source
It is easiest to replace a furnace with another fueled by the same source—natural gas, propane, oil (not common in Albuquerque homes) or electricity. While it is possible to switch fuel sources, you should consult with an HVAC professional to get a better understanding of the cost and work entailed in making that switch.
These considerations will significantly narrow the range of options for furnace replacement.
Finding a Furnace to Meet Your Family’s Needs
New furnaces come with a lot of advanced features and electronic controls, but more important than the “bells and whistles” is to consider your family’s needs. If members of your family have allergies or asthma, furnaces with more advanced built-in air filters can improve indoor air quality, making breathing easier.
Because we live in a semi-arid climate, a built-in humidifier is also an attractive feature. Humidifiers increase ambient moisture, which reduces static electricity and can increase personal comfort (e.g. fewer wintertime nosebleeds).
Finding a Budget-Friendly Furnace
Cost is one of the most significant considerations for furnace replacement, but the price tag alone shouldn’t make the decision. Consider the unit’s energy efficiency, too, as that will affect your energy spending for years to come. A unit’s energy efficiency is indicated by its AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) value. A new furnace should have nothing below 80%, and many top-of-the-line models have ratings of 90% and higher.
Fuel type, output and efficiency rating can help you select a new furnace. Considering the cost of installation and maintenance can help you select the right residential heating contractor. R & R Heating & Air provides quality furnace installation and maintenance at competitive rates. Our technicians are highly trained and provide the highest level of professionalism on the job. If you need a new furnace now, call us for emergency furnace repair or replacement.