If you’re considering a new furnace installation this winter, it’s important to take all your options into account. Enticing add-ons stand to increase the efficiency, safety and comfort of your furnace. Here’s what to consider.
- Chimney liner: Furnaces higher than 80 percent efficiency often require you to have a chimney liner. This liner is most often used when the new furnace is vented to the exterior through the existing chimney. Ask your installer if a chimney liner is needed to prevent deterioration caused by acidic furnace exhaust.
- Efficient air filter: All furnaces should have an air filter in place to protect the equipment from large dust particles. By choosing a higher-efficiency option, you also enjoy cleaner indoor air. Opt for a mid-efficiency filter between 5 and 8 on the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) scale to enjoy cleaner air without restricting airflow.
- Programmable thermostat: Setbacks while you’re away or sleeping help reduce your heating bills. The ability to wake up or come home to a comfortable home is very important, though. That’s where a programmable thermostat comes in. It never forgets setbacks and is sure to resume a comfortable temperature before you walk in the door or wake up in the morning.
- Humidifier: Portable units can’t compare with whole-house humidifiers. Consider adding one during the new furnace installation to keep the entire home at the ideal humidity all winter long. Ask your contractor about the need to install this add-on in your San Antonio home. Because of the warm, humid climate here, a humidifier might not be necessary. You might end up finding a dehumidifier is a better option for the summertime.
- Zoning: With two or more thermostats and carefully placed dampers in the ductwork, you can enjoy multiple heating zones. Zoning saves money by only heating occupied rooms in your home based on the time of day. For example, you can include one zone for public areas, which are heated during the day, and another zone for bedrooms, which are heated at night.
For more information about reaping the rewards of a new furnace installation, please contact Beyer Boys today. We’re available to answer all your HVAC-related questions.
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