Most home furnaces can last 15-20 years with proper maintenance, and most homeowners only buy one furnace in a lifetime. Heating equipment can be a substantial investment, and it’s important to choose it carefully. Below are several good questions to ask when choosing a furnace.
What’s the Right Size?
Many contractors who provide Furnace Repair in Washington NJ will replace a furnace with one that has a similar capacity, or they’ll estimate the right size for the home. Either method can easily result in a new unit that’s too big, wastes energy, or that’s too small and doesn’t work the way it should. Contractors should do a load calculation instead, considering details such as the home’s square footage, its insulation, its materials, and the number of windows, before recommending a certain size unit.
How is a Unit’s Efficiency Measured?
Manufacturers try to make furnaces that use fuel efficiently and don’t use much energy to run the fans or blowers. The AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating is the standard measurement, and it can range from 80-98.5%. All new units must prominently display an AFUE rating and estimated operating cost per year. While efficient furnaces are more expensive, they can help pay for themselves in the form of lower utility bills. With regular maintenance and Furnace Repair in Washington NJ, any furnace can be kept as efficient as possible throughout its lifespan.
What Kinds of Units are Available?
Most HVAC systems are split into three parts: a furnace, a condenser, and a coil on top of the unit. A packaged system provides the same benefits, but all the components are combined into an indoor unit. Variable speed furnaces keep the indoor temperature more constant, save energy, and make less noise. Natural gas furnaces are an economical option, and electric furnaces are highly efficient. Finally, electric heat pumps can work to heat the home in winter and cool it during the summer.
How Much Does Installation Cost?
The cost of a furnace installation depends on its type, capacity, accessories, and installation fees. Most jobs can be done in a single day, but it can take roughly a week if the ductwork is replaced as well. Contact Schaibles Plumbing & Heating Inc today for more details or to request an estimate.
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