From Marielle Collins on February 19, 2014 in Air Conditioning & Heating
When your utility bill starts climbing, instead of panicking, take charge of your home and the problem by installing a new energy efficient furnace to save money and keep your house comfortable all year long. There are many things to consider when choosing the right home furnace including price, air quality, efficiency, and environmental concerns. Also, be sure to hire a licensed and reputable contractor to install your furnace and ensure it works properly.
If you are most concerned with high efficiency, look for a furnace that produces heart with 90 to 98 percent of the fuel. Choose a furnace that uses electronic ignition to light the flame instead of leaving it constantly burning which will help conserve as well. Also, opt for electric or gas versus oil which tends to burn less efficiently overall. Make sure your furnace is also the right size. A furnace that is too big for the space will turn on frequently and waste fuel. You can determine what size to buy based on the height of your ceilings, the amount of indoor space and insulation, and the number of windows.
Should I Replace Mine Soon?
In order to determine whether your home furnace needs to be replaced soon you can have a contractor do a tune up and tell you its overall condition including efficiency and life expectancy. This way you will know ahead of time when a new furnace is needed and can plan accordingly. If you need a replacement soon, consider having it done in the summer months when companies are not as busy and often offer discounts. Prices tend to be higher in the winter, so save money by planning ahead and installing your furnace in July or August.
Costs to Consider – Fuel
When looking at your overall heating costs consider whether you can save money by switching to a different type of fuel. Fuel costs differ by area so check out this Heating Fuel Cost Calculator to see the prices of different types of fuel in your area. Electricity, gas, oil and wood are all fuel options for your furnace and the choice will depend greatly on what type of home you have and your location. Electricity tends to cost the most, and if you live on a farm, wood may be basically a free fuel for you. Take the time to investigate all your options to make the choice that suits your home and lifestyle.
Go Green with your Furnace
Another furnace option to consider is one that combines gas and electricity, called a dual-fuel heat system. When your home gets too cold to operate efficiently on the electric system it switches over to gas to increase your efficiency year round. This is a great way to go green without investing all the way in a solar heating system option.
Costs to Consider – Contractors
A furnace that does not work properly can be a danger in your home, so be sure to work with an experienced contractor. Also, a new energy efficient furnace that is not sized correctly or installed properly will not give you the utility savings you want. It is important to choose both the right furnace, and the right contractor/company to put it in your home. At the same time you want to make sure you are paying a fair and reasonable price so compare multiple quotes before making a decision. Consider both price and quality of various heating contractors to choose the one that meets your expectations and goals. Here are some more tips on choosing the right furnace.