When your furnace isn’t working, you’d immediately call an HVAC contractor to have it fixed. But what if your heating unit is broken beyond repair? It may be time to think about shopping for heating equipment for your home. Here are some helpful tips that can be handy when you purchase a new heating unit.
Don’t Buy On Impulse
Purchasing new things for your home can be fun and exciting! However, buying a new furnace shouldn’t be done impulsively. While it’s important to have equipment that can help keep you and your family warm, you’ll need time to weigh your options for a good furnace. So don’t let your emotions rule you.
Additionally, it can be very tempting to buy a furnace when you find a good deal. Consider that you may discover other great deals so you should be able to choose the best one.
Do Your Research
Prior to shopping, it’s important to research furnace models. Doing so may give you a clear picture of what unit you should get while also comparing prices. Apart from that, there are other things you’ll need to consider:
Energy Source: There are two types of energy sources for furnaces common in homes: gas and electricity. A gas furnace distributes warm air through the ductwork by taking in cold air and heating it up with a gas burner. Having this type of furnace may help you save on operating costs, as long as you have gas lines leading to your home.
Meanwhile, an electric furnace doesn’t have gas burners, but it can generate heat using heating elements. Because it runs on electricity, operating costs may rise. Determine whether your furnace will run on gas or electricity.
Size: This is another important factor that can contribute to your heating equipment’s effectiveness. A small furnace may not be enough to properly distribute heat if your house is big.
Meanwhile, a furnace that is too large for your home may not function efficiently and cost you more compared to getting the proper size. Letting an experienced HVAC contractor analyze your home’s heating needs can help determine the right size of the furnace you’ll purchase.
Efficiency: Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) calculates the efficiency of furnaces and measures how it converts gas to heat, which is then expressed as a percentage. Look for standard units with an efficiency rating of 80%. High-efficiency units can have a rating of 90-97%.
Contact Home Comfort Experts!
When you notice that your heating unit needs replacement, consider investing in a new furnace. At Home Comfort Experts, we can help you find the right unit that will cater to your specific needs. You can also choose premium furnaces and air conditioners from our exclusive Home Comfort Signature Series. To learn more about our HVAC products and services, get in touch with our contractors today!