Cold Climate? How to Select the Furnace That’s Right for You
While we all might wish for sunny days and sandy beaches year round, the reality for many of us is that winter will make its presence known. As a result, many consumers need a furnace to keep them warm during the cold winter months. Making that purchase can be a scary task. There are many factors to think about. That is why we are here to help!
Here are a few important things to think about when you’re choosing a new furnace.
- AFUE- Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency measures the energy efficiency of a furnace. All furnaces come with an AFUE rating. The higher the AFUE, the more heat you get for your dollar. For cold climates, an AFUE of 90% or higher is a great long-term investment. In most parts of the country, there are more heating days than cooling days, which means that money spent on upgrading furnace efficiency is money well spent.
- Multi-Stage Gas Valve- You will want a furnace that has the ability to provide heat on the coldest winter days. However, furnaces are often sized to provide more heat than you need on most days of the year. A multi-stage furnace can dial down the amount of fuel burned when you do not need to use the full capacity of the furnace. It will give you the right amount of heat for the majority of the winter, and a reserve capacity in the event of extremely cold days. This will result in a significant savings on your energy bill! If you want to know a few more ways to save money on your energy bill, be sure to check out the HVAC.com Resource Center.
- Blower Motor- Everyone wants their furnace to be efficient. An efficient furnace means more of your hard earned money staying in your pocket, not going to heating bills. Having a furnace with an electronically commutated motor (ECM) can save you hundreds of dollars/year depending on your use of the furnace fan. If you find that you are using your furnace constantly, an ECM may be right for you. Another benefit to using a furnace with an ECM blower motor is that they are generally much quieter and do not produce unwanted drafts.
- Installation- Proper installation is vital to the safety and efficiency of your new furnace. Selecting the right contractor to install your furnace is arguably more important than the furnace itself. With the right contractor, you have a guarantee of quality and warranty. Additionally, you can take comfort in knowing that no corners are being cut and that you have someone who is reliable and available to come back and fix any repairs that you may need. If you’d like help finding a great contractor in your town, HVAC.com has a network of trusted HVAC professionals – we’ll be happy to make an introduction!
- Warranty- We all like having a guarantee on the products we buy. Why should your furnace be any different? Different furnaces come with different manufacturer and part warranties. We recommend you look for a furnace that has a lifetime warranty on the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is the “heart” of the furnace and the most expensive part to repair or replace, and a lifetime warranty on the heat exchanger helps you make sure the manufacturer of your new furnace is very confident in the quality of this critical component.
As you can see, there are many important factors to consider when deciding what furnace to purchase for your home. HVAC.com and our network of trusted professionals are always available to help you decide what furnace is right for you . With careful consideration of these factors and the help of trusted professionals, you will be able to choose the furnace that is both the most efficient for your home and keep you warm all winter long. Check us out today at hvac.com/local-contractors!