If the time has come for you to replace your old furnace, or you’re just looking for ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency, there are a lot of factors that you need to consider in choosing the right furnace before purchasing your new model. If you simply get something similar to what you had before, you could be making a costly mistake. After all, there is a very good chance that your home situation has changed since the last furnace was installed, and you need to keep that in mind. Here is some information from Metro Express Service that can help ensure you make the right decision.
Important Considerations in Choosing the Right Furnace
Here are just a few of the most important things you’ll need to think about in choosing the right furnace before making the purchase.
- Size – It is vital that you or a professional perform a detailed calculation of the heating needs of your home. This can be a lengthy process, because you’ll need to estimate the air infiltration of your home as well as the insulation level of your ceiling, windows, exterior walls, floors and more. If your new unit is too large it will cycle on and off too often. If it is too small, it will have to work too hard – not only will this reduce the lifespan of the unit, it will also not do a good job of making you comfortable.
- Efficiency – Look at the efficiency rating of each model you are considering. This rating will tell you how much energy goes toward creating heat, and how much is wasted. A furnace with a rating of 80, for instance, converts 80 percent of the fuel it uses directly to heat. Older models commonly have a rating of 60 percent or less, so a new unit will result in a substantial increase in energy efficiency.
- Fuel – You can choose from a gas, oil or electric model. Different fuels have different benefits and drawbacks, so talk to a professional to get an idea of what will be best for your needs.
At Metro Express Service, we can send an expert to your home to perform a thorough analysis and help you in choosing the right furnace. Contact us online or call us at 972-263-2500 to schedule an appointment.