You wouldn’t buy a cheap car if you knew it was going to cost you a fortune in gas and repairs. Think of your furnace upgrade in the same way. Like many major investments, a lower initial price is not the only factor to consider. When it comes to your furnace, you also need to think about efficiency, the return on your investment and proper sizing.
A furnace upgrade is a major purchase, so do your homework before you buy. Consider the following factors as you shop around:
- Efficiency: The efficiency of a furnace is measured by its AFUE rating; higher numbers mean that more fuel is converted to heat and less is wasted. If you live in a region that experiences extreme winter temperatures, the highest possible efficiency rating is the way to go. However, the northwest Arkansas climate is not quite so harsh, so the highest efficiency model may not make the most sense.
- Return on Investment: Work with your contractor to calculate your energy savings and the estimated amount of time it will take to recoup your initial investment. You will need your old utility bills and the AFUE rating of your existing system to estimate your monthly energy savings.
- Sizing: One of the most common mistakes made with furnace upgrades is buying new equipment that is the same size as your old equipment. There is no guarantee that your existing system was properly sized in the first place, and even if it was, changes in your home can impact its heating load. If you have new windows or more insulation you may need a smaller unit. However, additions or installation of larger windows could require a larger furnace.
If you are in the market for a furnace upgrade this year, contact the professionals at Paschal Heating, Air & Geothermalto help you make your decision. We’ll work with you to determine the appropriate size and the right efficiency for your home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about furnace upgrades and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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