Whether you’ve decided to replace your furnace out of desire or necessity, most homeowners find this to be a challenging process. First, there’s the task of researching your options and determining what type of unit you can afford, then you’ll need to find someone with the necessary skills and experience to install it. We understand that professional advice on the matter can help, and in today’s blog, our team will provide some tips on a few of the things you should consider when searching for a new furnace.
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Six Things to Consider for a New Furnace
Researching and shopping for a new furnace can be overwhelming and stressful, but by considering these six factors, it doesn’t have to be!
What Type of System is Best?
As you begin to look having a new furnace installed in your home, you’ll soon discover that there are several different types of furnace systems to choose from. Two of the most common types are split systems and packaged systems. Which one you choose will largely depend on the layout of your home. If you have a basement or a crawlspace that will accommodate a furnace unit, a split system may be your best bet with the furnace downstairs and the air conditioner outside. If you’re replacing an existing furnace, you’ll also need to consider the current layout of your HVAC system.
Which Type of Fuel Do You Prefer?
When it comes to powering your new furnace, there are three main fuel sources amongst modern units: gas, electric, and oil. If you’d like to opt for the option that is the most economical in terms of heating and cooling bills, a gas furnace will be your best bet. If your home will not support a gas furnace, you may opt for electric, but beware that this type of furnace can significantly raise your heating costs. As an alternative to gas, many people also consider oil furnaces, but these, too, can be expensive to operate and oil doesn’t burn as clean as gas does. Additionally, the price of your fuel can vary greatly depending on local oil prices.
Can You Strike a Balance Between Price and Quality?
If you’ve ever been shopping for any major kind of appliance, you know there can be wide variances in both pricing and quality, and furnaces are no exception. Likewise, the saying, “You get what you pay for,” is also something to consider. If you’re like most homeowners, it may be difficult to afford a top-of-the-line furnace, especially if the replacement of your current one was unexpected. When comparing your options for your new furnace, try to determine which features are absolutely necessary so you can get what you need at the most affordable price.
What Type of Blower is Best?
If your furnace is part of a forced-air system, it will feature some type of blower on it to carry heated air from the furnace, through the ducts, and to the vents in your rooms. This blower may be different from one manufacturer to the next, however, it will either be a variable-speed blower or a fixed-speed blower. If you’re hoping to get consistent temperatures and quiet furnace operation, a variable-speed blower will surely suit your needs. This is because the speed on the blower will vary to accommodate the current air movement needed in your home.
Will You Need More than One Zone?
Have you ever lived in a home where a particular room or level is perpetually colder or hotter than other areas in the house? This can be a sign of improper zoning of the HVAC system. Depending on the size of your home and how it was constructed, you may need to consider the addition of multiple zones to your furnace installation project to combat this problem. Not only can zoning impact comfort levels, but your furnace may be working overtime to compensate for the colder areas, particularly if there is a thermostat in the vicinity. If this is a concern for you, be sure to consider this and discuss it with your furnace installation contractor.
Who Will Provide the Best Furnace Installation?
When you purchase a new furnace, it is necessary to locate an HVAC contractor who can install the new equipment for you. A quick search online will likely yield dozens of results for local heating and cooling companies, and if you’ve new to the area or you’ve never worked with an HVAC professional, it can be challenging to know who will provide the best installation. To ensure you wind up with a reliable company, be sure to look for one that is licensed, bonded, and insured. They should also be registered with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and have several years of experience.
Affordable Furnace Installation in Fort Worth
Need a new furnace? With more than 65 years of experience, the Arthur Hagar team is the go-to furnace installation company of Fort Worth residents. We are licensed, bonded, and insured, and we are proud to have an “A+” rating with the BBB. For unbeatable equipment, service, and installation, call 817-478-1122 today!