Of all the things you’ve got to worry about in your house, the furnace always seems to come in last. It’s nothing to be ashamed of—after all, “out of sight, out of mind,” as the saying goes. If it’s still working, it’s not a problem, right?
But what happens when it breaks?
All too often, consumers find themselves in over their heads, looking for a new furnace when their old one breaks. Suddenly a part of your house that you never gave much thought to before is costing you time and energy—not to mention a whole lot of money—and you just want it to be over and done with.
Before you make a poor decision when buying a new furnace, take a look at these three quick points to make sure you get the furnace you need without being taken advantage of.
What’s the fuel source?
There are three main types of furnace: Natural Gas, Electric, and Oil. Though natural gas is the most common and frequently the cheapest, each particular fuel source has its own benefits and drawbacks. For instance, if you live in an older home or a location without natural gas hookups, you might need an oil or an electric furnace. Think about which fuel source would work best for you—and your bank account—before committing to one that won’t work.
What furnace efficiency are you looking for?
Furnaces aren’t perfect. Even though furnaces are well designed and relatively efficient, they still lose a certain amount of energy out the flue without using it to heat your home. If you’re looking for a new furnace, take a look at the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) number— this is the percentage of fuel input the furnace can use. Though the minimum is 80%, there are options that provide up to 93% fuel efficiency. Some options may be more expensive, but it’s worth considering the amount of money you’ll be saving in the future.
What is the price? Are there warranties and rebates?
Buying a furnace can be a complicated tangle of practical know-how and bureaucratic issues. Luckily for you, this can work in your favor more often than not— you just have to know what to look for.
Consider the options available with regards to warranties, and think about what you’ll need to work with this furnace. Several manufacturers offer a variety of options, and finding the right one for your budget can save you a lot of money. Likewise, do some research on the rebates available to you with each model of furnace. Some come straight from the manufacturer, but others can come from places you wouldn’t expect, like your natural gas provider or energy company.
Buying a new furnace doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems. If you need a new furnace and don’t want to deal with the hassle of working through all the problems yourself, give IMS Heating a call. We can help you find the right make, the right manufacturer, and the right rebates to keep your house warm and your budget intact. Don’t wait until you’re left out in the cold— contact us today!