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Things to Keep in Mind When Selecting Your New Furnace

Things to Keep in Mind When Selecting Your New Furnace

When selecting your new furnace, like all things in your home, it can be overwhelming. There are many options. Don’t worry, we are here to help.

It’s December in Western New York and that means unpredictable weather. The last thing you want to have to worry about is your furnace needing replaced; however, like our weather, it can be hard to predict and out of your control for when your HVAC system decides to stop working. Sometimes these things just happen, and when they do, it is important to make the right decision for your home’s future comfort level. Let’s review some things to keep in mind when selecting your new furnace and HVAC system, so you can get your home back to a comfortable level again in no time.

Are there signs that my furnace may need to be replaced soon?

Leading up to your HVAC system not working, there are usually signs that you need a new furnace. Some homeowners see the signs and ignore them until it’s too late, others don’t notice them at all, and there are also people who immediately call their local heating installation experts for advice and a new furnace. Regardless which category you fall into, if you are reading this, you are likely already at the point where you are ready to select your new furnace.

If you are still on the fence about needing a new furnace or not, below, we have provided some of the signs that a new furnace is on your horizon.

Furnace Age: Today’s furnaces have a typical lifespan of around 20 to 30 years. If your heater is more than 15 years old, it is probably time to start considering furnace replacement options.
High Energy Bills and Maintenance Costs: Have your energy bills and maintenance costs for your furnace steadily increased? If so, your expenses could be a telltale sign that your furnace is close to needing to be replaced. Older furnaces must work harder to produce heat, and as a result, your energy bills and repair costs progressively rise.
Soot is Present: If you have discovered new black powdery or flaky substances around your furnace registers, it may be time to replace your furnace. Soot (or dust/rust) around these areas within your home means that your furnace is not performing properly.
New Noises: Have the sounds of your furnace changed? Furnaces can be noisy, however; if that noise gets louder over time, then you may want to consider a replacement.

What should I consider when selecting my new furnace?

When selecting your new furnace, like all things in your home, it can be overwhelming. There are many options. Don’t worry, we are here to help.

Let’s review some things you should keep in mind when selecting your new furnace.

Energy Source: When it comes to choosing your new furnace, most of the time, the decision of gas, electric, or boiler, is based on what you already have set up. Gas and electric furnaces differ, and boilers are a completely different system. 47% of households rely on natural gas as their main heating fuel, compared to 36% of households who rely on electricity (EIA). For most Western New York homeowners who are looking for a new furnace, they stick to the type that their home is already set up for.

Size: The size of a HVAC system, both heating and air conditioning, is one of the most important factors that contributes to its effectiveness. If a furnace is too small for a home, it won’t be able to properly heat the entire structure during cold weather. Also, if the furnace is too large, it will operate inefficiently and it will cost more than a furnace of the proper size. A heating expert can help you find a furnace that is the right size for your Western New York home.

Energy Efficiency: An efficient heater is cost-effective when the lifetime energy savings (from avoided energy costs over the life of the product, discounted to present value) exceed the additional up-front cost (if any) compared to a less efficient option (Energy.gov). Finding a furnace that will save you money and work effectively, is a something that you should keep in mind when selecting your new furnace. Know the AFUE rating, AFUE stands for “annual fuel utilization efficiency”.  This is a measurement of how well your furnace uses fuel to heat your household. The higher the rating, the more efficient your heating unit.

Features and Benefits: Like all new things, HVAC systems have gotten more complex with new features, over time. Know what features different systems have to offer, and select a furnace that has attributes that will work for your home and family. If advanced filtration is important to you, find a furnace with those options. If you want zoned heating, that could also be a selection.

The above are just a few of the things to keep in mind when selecting your new furnace. Things like price, warranty, availability, etc. will likely also play a big role in your decision.

When it comes to staying warm this winter, Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC is here for all of your heating needs. At Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC, we install new heating systems, allowing homeowners to stay warm and cozy throughout the winter.

To get a free in-home estimate on new heater installation in Hamburg, NY, contact us today. We’d love to meet with you and discuss your heating options.