Most people who live in their own homes may have thought of replacing their furnaces sometime. Replacing an old furnace can help you save money. However, there are a few things you should consider before you do a furnace replacement.
3 Things to Consider Before Furnace Replacement
Here are three questions you should consider before you make the move to replace your furnace:
1. What is the heating capacity of the new furnace?
If you have a new furnace that you would like to install, keep in mind that its capacity may not be the same as that of your older unit. Let’s say your furnace was over-sized and you want to replace it with a fitting one. To do the replacement, you will need to hire a HVAC contractor to install the new unit. The contractor will also ensure the unit is calibrated for the best energy emission rate.
2. What is the furnace efficiency of your new unit?
Furnaces are powered by fuel. You should know about the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rate of a furnace. The rate refers to a percentage rate of oil that a unit uses, up to 100 percent.
If you choose a 95 percent AFUE unit, it will be more expensive than 80 percent one. The 95 percent AFUE furnace will also save more energy that the 80 AFUE unit. During the winter, you can rest easy knowing that your furnace is more efficient and your energy bills will be low.
3. Which source of fuel will the furnace use?
When replacing, get a unit that uses the same fuel as the older furnace. This will ensure that you don’t spend more when the new unit is installed. You can also consider other fuel options, for example oil, natural gas, and electricity.
Be keen when choosing the fuel use for your new furnace. The most important thing to look at is the availability and price of the fuel. Another thing you may want to consider is whether the fuel has any impact on the environment around your home when it combusts. Once you decide to replace your furnace, get one that will use fuel optimally and hence reduce your energy costs in the long run.
Do you need help finding a new furnace? Call the heating experts at ACS Air Conditioning Systems. We will work with you to find the best model for your home while taking into consideration your budget and home comfort needs.