Furnace Buying Suggestions
Since you got here, you are probably having some issues with your furnace and you are thinking about replacing it. Here in this article, we are going to talk about all the factors you should take into consideration when trying to find the best furnace and we are trying to answer some of the questions that every homeowner has and give you some furnace buying advice.
One of the most important questions every homeowner asks himself is "What type of furnace should I go with? Should I opt for a high efficiency furnace or should I opt for a 80 percent efficiency unit?". The answer to this question depends on a number of factors, such as the climate in the area where you live. If you inhabit an area with really cold winters, getting the high efficiency model is absolutely worth it, because the unit will pay for itself in the long run. Nonetheless, if you have a more temperate climate, you may not need over 80% efficiency in a heater. To be sure, get advice from your heating and cooling contractor. Ask him to make some calculations and establish if the energy savings the furnace will bring justify the extra $1000 you will have to pay.
Another decision many homeowners have faced is whether they should repair their old furnace or simply replace it. Despite the fact that you might be tempted to just throw out your old heater and get a new one, specialists claim that replacing a working unit with a new one isn't always the greatest decision. You need to replace your old furnace when it's older than 15 years, if it has a pilot light ignition and not and electronic ignition system or if it doesn't have vent dampers. Switching out your furnace is also a good idea when it is a model that worked on coal and it has been converted to work with gas or oil as a fuel.
Having terrific heating doesn't only mean owning a high efficiency furnace, but also making your home as efficient as possible. This means sealing any air leaks you may have and improving insulation.
Our final advice for you is buying a programmable thermostat, which will lessen energy loss. When you are not home or in the course of the night, you don't need the same amount of heat and a programmable thermostat will save you up to 3 % of energy by decreasing the temperature setting when needed.