Considerations in Choosing Furnaces

by | Mar 24, 2014 | plumbing

Whether you are looking at furnaces because your old furnace finally broke beyond repair or because you are looking for a new, more fuel efficient option, you can find a new furnace ideally suited for your home. Your furnace installation contractor can help you out by recommending something right for your situation, but you can use the information in this article as a resource to help yourself be informed ahead of time.

One of the first considerations in selecting a furnace will be the fuel type. While you might prefer a specific fuel type furnace, you should make sure to discuss the drawbacks and advantages of this fuel as it relates to your individual needs. One example: If you have a more remote home, natural gas furnace might not be possible, but an oil furnace or electric heating pump would be. Be sure to choose a furnace not just based on what you have heard about a certain fuel type, but rather based upon what that furnace type can do for you and how well it can meet your needs.

Another major consideration in choosing furnaces today is usually the efficiency rating. Your furnace contractor will be able to help you choose the highest rated furnace for your needs. The higher the number, the more efficient it is. For example, if you see an energy efficiency rating of 95 percent on a furnace you are looking at, this means that the furnace uses 95 percent of the furnace fuel is used for heat. In this situation, you will lose just 5 percent of the furnace fuel in the typical ways that fuel is lost: Cracks in the wall, floor fissures, or window gaps. If you get a furnace with a very high rating you will be nearly completely fuel efficient with no waste.

When you need to decide on the size of furnace for your home, you should ask your contractor to do an estimation based on the square footage of the house. Contractors like Hanna Heating Air Conditioning & Plumbing can evaluate your house to make certain that you are getting the most efficient furnace that will work best for you, both now and into the future.



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