Not all furnaces are created equal! Choosing the best furnace for a specific home can be daunting especially if you have limited furnace knowledge. To make the best choice, it is crucial to find the right furnace for the unique demands of your home.
So how will you know which type of furnace to choose? Use this information as a guide in replacing your unit this fall season. For better results, you need to hire a professional HVAC contractor such as Pol-Air Air Conditioning and Heating for assistance throughout the process.
- Determine the right size of unit for your home.
Proper sizing is important in choosing a HVAC system. To know how big or small the unit should be, HVAC technicians will visit your home and perform a load calculation based on different factors such as a home’s square footage, local climate, insulation value, home design, the heating efficiency of the appliances and the condition of the duct system.
- Choose the type of fuel for your furnace.
You can choose from gas, oil, or coal-fuelled furnaces. The most common power source for furnaces is natural gas. Gas and oil-fuelled furnaces do more in giving your home enough heating while boosting your savings. Gas furnaces are expensive to install, but will surely save money over time with reduced energy cost.
- Examine the AFUE rating.
AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) determines the overall energy efficiency of your unit. The higher the rating, the more efficient your furnace is. Between gas and oil furnaces, gas furnaces have higher AFUE which can reach up to 98% as compared to the 60 to 80% rating of oil furnaces.
- Consider the total cost of ownership.
Your expenses will not end after buying the unit. You also need to consider the installation, maintenance, energy usage, and repair as part of the total cost of ownership. Some furnaces take less time to install and require less maintenance. Do not hesitate to check your options and seek professional advice for better recommendations.
If you are looking for a furnace that will give you great comfort and savings in the long run, you should take advantage of the energy-saving options of the newer types. Talk to our professional technicians at Pol-Air Air Conditioning and Heating to discuss your HVAC needs and schedule a consultation for a new furnace. Call us today!