Replacing or upgrading your furnace is an expensive proposition. With budgets tighter than ever, it’s important to get the most for your money. At Geisel Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing, we understand how overwhelming this kind of decision can be. That’s why we’ve prepared this short list of tips to get your started.
1. Hire the Right Contractor
A furnace is only as good as the technician who installs it. Request estimates from several companies and check each one’s references. Get referrals from trusted friends and family, or use a service like AngiesList.com. Don’t make your decision on price alone; make sure you hire a reputable contractor with a long history of service in your area.
2. Think High-Efficiency
Although higher-efficiency furnaces come with a larger initial price tag, they offer energy-saving features that will save you money in the long run. Look for a furnace with a high AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating. The higher the AFUE rating, the lower the amount of heat wasted while heating your home. Another feature to consider is a variable speed fan motor. These motors are more efficient because they don’t always operate at full capacity. Even if they run continuously, their lower speed and the way they’re engineered reduce energy consumption and your utility bill.
3. Evaluate What’s There
Homeowners often neglect to have their contractor evaluate the size requirements and ductwork design of their existing HVAC system. Many older furnaces are actually too large for the space they service, which can lead to wasted energy. Similarly, leaking or insufficient ductwork can prevent even the best furnace from delivering the heat you’re paying for. Make sure that each estimate you receive includes a careful evaluation of your home as a whole – not just the furnace to be replaced.
At Geisel Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing, we’ve been installing and servicing HVAC systems in the greater Cleveland area for 75 years. If you’re considering upgrading your furnace, boiler or heat pump, let our team of experts show you all that Geisel has to offer. Our commitment to our customers and to offering the most innovative products in the business shines through in everything that we do. Contact usto get started!
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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