6 Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a New Furnace
A furnace is a big investment and picking out the right one for your home calls for a little research and a lot of asking questions. Winters in Indiana can get a little rough, so finding the right furnace is important.
There are several factors to consider when choosing a furnace such as size, blowing type, electric or gas, and more. Here are some suggestions for what you should consider when buying a new furnace.
1. Shop Within Your Budget
Consider all costs involved while shopping for your new furnace. You should consider hiring costs for a professional to install your furnace and how much your new furnace will cost. Choose a furnace that will also have a long-term benefit for your energy savings. An energy-efficient furnace will help you save money over time because it will be a lot more efficient than your old furnace.
2. Blower Type
The type of blower matters because it affects the level of comfort and efficiency you have in your home. These are the burner types and how they function:
Single-speed - Is either on or off, does not have a stagnant mode.
Multi-speed - Has three different speeds that give you more control and efficiency.
Variable speed - Adjusts in increments and is the most efficient.
3. Fuel Source
When selecting a new fuel source, you have the option to choose how your furnace will be powered. You can choose between gas, electric, or oil heating. Each type heats differently and makes your furnace function differently.
A gas furnace runs off of natural gas and is usually the most cost-effective way to heat your home in extremely cold weather.
An oil furnace uses propane to fuel a furnace. Oil furnaces are one of the most powerful ways to heat your home, but you will need a lot of space to store it like in a large basement for instance. This is an ideal option for you if your home doesn’t have gas lines for a natural gas furnace.
An electric furnace uses electricity to power a furnace. However, while this is an effective way to provide adequate heat for your home, it can be costly and drive up your electricity bill.
4. Zoning Systems
Zoning helps improve the quality of comfort you get from your furnace and helps reduce energy costs. You can zone by floor or separate your living areas if you have multiple thermostats in different areas of your home. As an example, you can have colder temperatures set in your living areas like the living room or kitchen and warmer temperatures in your bedrooms.
5. Correct Sizing
Purchasing a correctly sized furnace for your home is important. It can greatly determine how comfortable you are at home and how much heat every room in your house gets.
Larger furnaces are more expensive but depending on how big your home is, it is necessary to get the maximum size for your house. A contractor can help you measure and determine what size furnace to purchase as well as install it correctly. Always measure your furnace and compare it to how large your home is to avoid purchasing the incorrect size and wasting money.
6. Regular Maintenance
Once you’ve decided on a furnace, you should consider adding in regularly scheduled maintenance. Getting regular maintenance for your furnace can not only increase its lifespan but also help you save money over time in repairs and replacements.
Contact our team Meyers Companies, Inc. to help you select the right furnace for your home. We help homeowners with maintenance, installations, and more. Call us today to get a quote for your furnace installation at (219) 240-0610.