It’s sad to think that summer is winding down and winter is right around the corner.  The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting it to be a very cold and snowy season, so you’ll need your furnace to be prepared!  If you are thinking about buying a new furnace there are many things you should consider.  New furnaces are more complex than ever with new technology, features, higher efficiencies and they can have even higher costs.

Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping around for a new furnace:

1.       Repair or Replace?

–          It might seem obvious, but increased energy efficiency isn’t always the best reason to replace a furnace that is still working.  If your furnace is more than 15 to 20 years old, doesn’t have vent dampers or a draft fan or if it is a coal-burning model that has been converted to gas or oil then it might be time to replace it.  If your furnace is still in good working order and younger than 15 years old, than a repair or two will be just enough to keep it well conditioned through the winter months.

2.       Buy a Reputable Brand

–          Make sure to stick with major brands or their subsidiaries.  Check customer and professional reviews online before purchasing.

3.       Efficiency

–          Look at AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency).  The AFUE rating equals the % of energy consumed by the furnace that actually heats the house.  An 80% AFUE furnace uses 80 cents of every dollar of gas.  Older furnaces are usually between 60-70% AFUE.

–          Also look for the Energy Star label and a Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) rating.  Both require more than 90% efficiency.  You may qualify for a tax credit or rebates by using these approved furnaces.

4.       Size

–          Most furnaces are actually oversized.  Oversized furnaces uses excessive energy, are noisy and may wear out faster.  Check to make sure the furnace is properly sized for your square footage and heat-loss levels.  A licensed contractor can help you choose the appropriate size furnace based on an industry-standard calculation.

5.       Cost

–          Know your budget when you begin looking at furnaces.  When researching and talking to an HVAC professional it is important to know what you can and cannot afford.  Gillece also offers several financing options to help make the payment more convenient.

Researching the right options and asking essential questions will help you become prepared to choose the right heating system to meet your family’s wants and needs.   Any more questions? Call Gillece today and we will set you up with an experienced professional!