4 tips for buying a new furnace

HVAC technician examining a furnace

 

Think it’s time for a new furnace?  Purchasing a new furnace is a big investment.  Here are four tips to keep in mind before making the actual purchase.

  • Shop off-season (spring or fall). Don’t wait until the dead of winter when your furnace breaks down to look into purchasing a new furnace.  No one likes to have to make major purchase decisions under pressure.  Shopping for a furnace in the spring or fall has a few advantages:
    • Prices on new units are better
    • HVAC companies aren’t as busy in the spring and fall
    • More time to shop around and find the right unit for your family at the right price
  • Calculate how much you can save by buying a new furnace.
    • Have your current furnace evaluated to determine its condition and energy efficiency.
    • Take a look at some old utility bills to see how much you typically spend on heat.
    • Look at the AFUE of the new unit – annual fuel utilization efficiency. The higher the AFUE, the lower your monthly heating costs.
    • Plug the numbers into an online calculator – like Energy Star. This will help you determine your potential savings and how long it will take to breakeven on the investment in a new furnace.
  • Use a reputable HVAC company. Use a licensed HVAC contractor that has been in business successfully for some time.  Read online reviews and ask for recommendations from friends, neighbors, and family members.
  • Make sure the air ducts in your home don’t leak, that you have adequate insulation, and weather stripping around doors and windows. This will help you to maximize your investment.

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