Need a Furnace Replacement This Year? Start Your Homework Now
by Greg Leisgang on September 12, 2013
Posted in: Furnaces
Though the cold Cincinnati winters may still feel far away during these warmer nights, now is the ideal time to start preparing for a furnace replacement. Replacing a furnace represents a large expense, one most homeowners only make a few times in their lives. Because it's a rare purchase, it makes sense to do your homework to get the best system for your home, your money and your future. So before the cold fronts blow in, let's examine what you need to know in order to make a good decision.
Furnaces should match the size and heating needs of a home. A mismatch can cause heating issues. Furnaces too small for a space get overworked and won't heat a home as well, while furnaces that are too large waste energy, wear out quicker and tend to overheat homes.
A reputable local contractor can help you calculate your heating needs using industry standards taking into account your home's size, the age of your home and the greater Cincinnati climate.
A furnace replacement presents the opportunity to lower energy costs by choosing a more efficient furnace. These furnaces may cost more up front, but pay off in the long run through lower energy bills.
Look for Energy Star-rated furnaces with high annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings. The higher the AFUE number, the more efficient the furnace. More efficient systems often qualify for tax credits as well.
Check Your Ducts
When replacing your furnace, also consider your ductwork. The furnace and ducts work together to move air efficiently through your home to heat it comfortably and adequately. The right size and right design can enhance the efficiency of a new furnace.
Furnace replacement can make your home more comfortable and save money. Do your homework in advance to make sure you get the right system in place before the cold weather sets in. Contact JonLe Heating & Cooling for more information on finding the right furnace for your home.
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