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Staying Warm – Choosing A Suitable Furnace For Your Home

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Staying Warm – Choosing A Suitable Furnace For Your Home

Staying Warm
There are generally two reasons to consider replacing your furnace: either it’s no longer working and beyond repair or you’re interested in spending less on heating your home. Today’s high quality furnaces have a considerable life span. For this reason it’s very important to choose your new furnace wisely as you’ll be living with your decision for a long time. The following tips will help you make a better buying decision.
Size Matters
Proper sizing of your furnace ensures a comfortable indoor environment at the lowest possible operating expense. There are several factors to consider when sizing a furnace including: house size, insulation values, window area, skylights, location of trees, airflow, and exposure to sun. All of these factors must be entered into a formula that is used to provide your home a properly sized furnace. Your contractor will make the proper calculations.
Efficiency
With energy costs continuously increasing it makes sense to consider an upgraded heating system including a high efficiency furnace. Simply put the more efficient your furnace and heating system is the less fuel you’ll burn which means you’re saving money while helping the environment. When comparing new furnaces be sure to check AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) ratings. This rating shows the percentage of energy that’s converted into heat. For example, high-efficiency gas furnaces typically deliver 90% AFUE or more. Mid-efficiency gas furnaces are usually rated at approximately 80% AFUE.
Keeping It Quiet
When your furnace starts up do you need to turn up the television? Perhaps you have to adjust the volume on your telephone headset or ringer? Do you find yourself having to speak up to be heard? New furnaces are quieter than ever. Be sure to look for features such as insulated cabinets and two speed or variable speed fan motors to keep your furnace quiet.
Electric, Oil, Gas, Propane, Or Wood?
Unfortunately there’s no simple answer to this question. Because of the wildly fluctuating nature of all energy sources you need to determine what the operating costs are in your specific area. Other factors to consider are installation issues, and the availability of your preferred energy source. For example, natural gas may not be available in your area.
The Key Factors In Furnace Selection
Your long term happiness with your furnace selection will be determined by the quality of the product and the quality of the installation as performed by your contractor. Be certain to clearly understand the terms and conditions of the manufacturer’s warranty and consider purchasing an extended warranty.

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