A new furnace is a big investment and a big decision. The right one can be with you for 20 years or more, but the wrong one can make your whole home uncomfortable and drive your energy bills through the roof. That’s why it’s essential to know a few things before taking the leap toward a new furnace. Here’s are some things to consider when furnace shopping.
- Efficiency. The minimum AFUE rating for a gas furnace is 80%, but opting for a higher rating ensures more heat and less exhaust produced for the amount of fuel used. Always get the highest AFUE rating you can and check the yellow EnergyGuide label to compare the efficiency of different units.
- Features. Accessories such as a dual-stage burner and a multispeed blower regulate the amount of heat and air produced and distributed based on temperature conditions. On a milder day, the system can operate on a lower setting to save energy rather than always running full blast.
- Installation. No matter how good your furnace is, a poor installation can create discomfort throughout your home and cause your unit to break prematurely. Make sure you use a licensed, bonded, and insured HVAC contractor to perform the job. Check that the contractor is NATE certified to ensure a quality installation.
- Sizing. A furnace that’s too small won’t be able to heat your home properly. A furnace that’s too big will short cycle, creating hot and cold spots. Either way, the unit will consume excess energy and prematurely damage your system. Be sure your HVAC contractor uses Manual J to determine the correct-size unit for your home.
- Warranty. When buying a new furnace, look at the warranty and know what’s covered. Most brands will cover at least basic repairs up to 10 years, while the heat exchanger may be covered for up to 20 years. Some cover parts and labor, and others cover a full unit replacement under certain circumstances. Understanding the warranty will prepare you for what to do if something goes wrong.
For help finding the best new furnace for your home, contact us at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company. We keep Yuma homes efficient and comfortable.