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The Furnace Buyer’s Guide

Quick check: Do I need a new air furnace?

Are you wondering, “Do I need a new furnace?” But you don’t know where to begin. Ask yourself the following questions to find out if the clock is ticking on your current unit.
  • Is my furnace more than 15 years old?
  • Does my furnace use a pilot light?
  • Is the cost to repair my furnace half the price of a new furnace?
  • Have my energy bills increased over time?
  • Is the temperature throughout my home uneven?

If you answered “yes” to even one of the above items, keep reading. You may need a new furnace.

Five steps furnace buyer’s guide

Here’s our quick 5-Step Furnace Buyer’s Guide with everything you need to look for when selecting a furnace.

1. Do I need a new furnace?

A high efficiency furnace will save you more than 15% on your heating bill each month. Look for the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) score for the best heat delivery and lowest energy cost.

2. Get a Heat Loss Calculation

Get the furnace that is just right for you. A small furnace may not keep the entire house at the desired temperature. A big furnace may heat the house too quickly and then shut off, causing hot and cold swings in temperature.

Hot Tip: We can do a heat loss calculation (or Manual J Calculation). This takes into account the size, design, and construction of your home and will help you determine the right size of furnace.

3. Compare the decibels

Is a two-stage furnace right for you? A two-stage furnace functions on low most of the time, keeping you consistently warm without loud on/off cycling.

Hot Tip: Understand what various decibel levels equate to and measure your new unit against your old one.

4. Get a programmable thermostat

You need a programmable thermostat. Does your current furnace have a rotary temperature dial? It’s time for an upgrade to optimize your furnace’s performance and save you money.

5. Follow the 40/60 Rule

The largest unknown variable in the long-term reliability of your furnace is installed. Therefore, rely 40% on your brand choice, and 60% on the quality of your contractor.

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