There are a number of benefits to today’s modern furnaces over older models. If your furnace isn’t performing up to par or is on its last legs, you may be considering buying a new one, as furnace repair may not be worth the cost. Newer furnaces produce a more steady heat, cause less pollution and can save you money due to their higher efficiency. There are some important things to consider when buying a new furnace unit. Follow these furnace shopping tips before you buy.
Consider the Size
Size is very important when choosing a furnace for your home. If it’s too small, it can’t adequately heat your home. A unit that is too large will cycle on and off too rapidly, causing unnecessary wear and tear on the internal components. A professional can help you to determine the correct size.
Go for Efficiency
Gas furnaces are measured on their annual fuel-utilization-efficiency rating (AFUE), which is measured in percentages. The higher the percentage, the more efficient the furnace. More efficient models cost more. When furnace shopping, ask your contractor to help you determine fuel costs in order to choose the best model for you. You can even choose add-ons to improve efficiency.
While most newer furnace models offer better reliability than those of the past, there are some models that have proven to be more reliable than others. Do your research and ask a professional for recommendations on the top performing models.
These are the top things to consider when furnace shopping. To learn more about choosing the best furnace, feel free to contact Beyer Mechanical. We’re here to help!
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