What to Know Before Installing a New Furnace
Is your home feeling a bit drafty? Is your home having a hard time being able to keep an even temperature? Is your home unusually cold during the winter months when it used to be nice and cozy?
If any of these are true, it may be time for you to consider upgrading to a new and improved furnace. But there are a few things that you should know before installing a new furnace.
Tips On Purchasing The Right Furnace For Your Home
Repair or Replace?
Once you have identified that there is an issue with your furnace, you must ask yourself, “Can I save money by repairing my current furnace than having to go through the whole process of replacing it? Or would it be better to replace my old furnace with a newer model?”
While our HVAC technicians are skilled in knowing how to fix many furnace-related problems, such as when your furnace repeatedly stops and starts or short cycles, sometimes the only recommended repairs are ones that are only going to prolong the inevitable demise of a furnace that is already limping along.
It may be time to consider if your money can be better invested in purchasing a new, more efficient, and more effective model of furnace to heat your family and home. It’s sometimes best to consider an upgrade instead of a temporary fix as most furnaces generally last between 15 to 20 years. So if your furnace is around this age and is constantly breaking down, it is most likely going to be the best time to consider upgrading to a newer model of furnace.
If you go with the route of replacing your furnace, make sure you look for an energy-efficient model. Not only are energy-efficient furnaces environmentally friendly, but they will also save you huge amounts of money on energy costs.
The energy efficiency of a furnace is based on its AFUE, annual fuel-utilization-efficiency rating. While a high-efficiency model may cost more money upfront, it could pay off in the long run. In some cases, the amount that a person can save by reducing their energy consumption over time can often offset the cost of the purchase of a new high-efficiency furnace.
Not only can you save money in energy costs from a new and improved furnace, but by upgrading to a new furnace, you may also be approved to take advantage of Energy Star rebate programs. These are available in most locations and have saved a number of our clients up to 50% on their energy bills.
Size of Furnace
You’ll also want to make sure the size is right for your home. Identify what sized furnace you will need based on your home’s specifications, as it will help the system perform at its best. When an HVAC system is oversized, it not only increases the upfront costs but also decreases the system’s overall efficiency.
Once you’ve decided to install a new furnace, be sure to select the right contractor to perform the furnace installation process. It’s important to select an HVAC team that is skilled in installations as improper installation could greatly reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency. That means your cost savings are diminished significantly. Indications that your furnace was installed incorrectly include leaky ducts, improper refrigerant charge, and restricted airflow.
When it comes to your home’s HVAC system, it’s best to consult with a skilled professional. Not only could you potentially be losing thousands of dollars because of improper HVAC installation, but you could also be compromising your health. Let us do the work for you. We have decades of experience and have used our expertise in the industry to save money for countless homeowners over the years. We’ll make sure your HVAC system isn’t simply working but that it’s working for you.
Sometimes different rooms or zones in a home will heat and cool differently due to a number of potential causes. This is a natural phenomenon, but when upgrading to a new furnace, you should see a zoning system is right for your home.
These systems will help you control the heat being dispersed so that your home will have a more even temperature throughout all of its rooms. Oftentimes, these zoning systems will require multiple thermostats throughout the house, but some more sophisticated programmable and smart thermostats will provide a central hub where you can control your entire house from.
These zoning systems will require the installation of something called a damper into your air duct, oftentimes requiring multiples depending on how many zones you want to control. These dampers will have to be installed into your air ducts and will act as an air valve, controlling how much warm air gets dispersed to each room.
The installation of these dampers will only increase the energy efficiency of your home, which in turn, will help regulate the temperature of your home while also saving you more money.
Final Thoughts On What to Know Before Installing a New Furnace
Now that you’re armed with all of this new information and if you also happen to be in a situation where upgrading your furnace makes sense for you, you will now be able to make the best possible decision for your home.
However, it oftentimes doesn’t hurt to have an expert’s opinion on whether you should repair your current furnace or upgrade to a more energy-efficient model. For more information on whether you can check things yourself instead of getting an expert involved, here is our article on things to check before calling an HVAC technician.
Contact our Fox Cities HVAC company today to schedule one of our professional furnace installers to have a look at your furnace. We are located in Neenah, and we serve Appleton, Menasha, Kimberly, Greenville, and Darboy. Schedule a service with us today and we can come and take a look at your furnace!
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