Choosing a New Furnace: What You Need to Know

choosing a new furnace

Most big-ticket purchases come down to cost. In other words, can you afford it or not? But when the big-ticket item also is an investment, a few other factors come into play. Such is the case with choosing a new furnace, when the least expensive option isn’t always the best.

Today more than ever, homeowners want to ensure that they’re choosing a furnace that will last at least 20 years and deliver high efficiency every month along the way. The proof is always found in the monthly utility bill, assuming that a home is well insulated.

When you’re choosing a new furnace, two factors can help steer you in the right direction. The first is a furnace’s AFUE rating, an acronym that stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. This number tells you how efficiently the furnace converts fuel into heating energy. The higher the number, the more efficient the furnace.

If your current furnace has given you between 15 and 20 years of faithful service, that’s reason to be grateful. But ol’ faithful can’t compare to the efficiency ratings of today’s furnaces, which can score AFUE ratings in the high 90s.

And this point leads to the next all-important factor in choosing a new furnace: Look for the Energy Star label. Known to consumers through the familiar star logo, the Energy Star program was created in 1992 by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. The program endorses products that meet tough energy conservation standards and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

To receive the Energy Star designation, furnaces also must demonstrate that they are reliable, quiet and deliver consistent temperatures, humidity and airflow–not to mention lower utility bills.

Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning can help you realize the energy savings you’re counting on by sizing your new furnace. After all, one that is too small will not do the job while a furnace that is too large will be inefficient. We’ll also install your new furnace with precision and give you the peace of mind that this important investment deserves. Contact us today!

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