February 20, 2022

5 Easy Steps to Choose the Right Furnace for Your Home

Don’t take your home’s indoor heating for granted. A properly heated home translates to evenly distributed warmth throughout the house. Without the proper furnace, all that remains a dream.

The right furnace guarantees you many more years of maximum indoor air quality, comfort, energy efficiency, and reliability. Deciding on the ideal furnace is not an easy choice. It involves more than meets the eye.

Since your untrained eye needs some guidance to make the right decision, we have compiled this timely guide to help you choose wisely.

So, where do you begin?

As you shop for the proper furnace to heat your home optimally throughout the year, adopt these easy steps.

  1. Understand the cost

A new furnace comes at a price. But how much exactly? The cost of your gas, electric, or oil furnace goes beyond the price tag. It should also factor in the installation cost, cost of extra accessories needed, and costs related to the conversion of your home’s fuel source or hooking up the new furnace to an older system.

The cost will vary depending on the efficiency rating, size, and indoor air quality features of the new furnace. If you find a furnace that feels right for your home but cannot entirely afford it, you can always choose to finance your purchase rather than compromise on quality.

  1. Know the right fuel source

If you want to avoid high electricity bills, shift to a natural gas-powered furnace with your new purchase. Gas is readily available and cheaper than electricity. 

However, if gas is not available, consider oil or electric furnaces. While electric furnaces are the cheapest to buy and install, they are a bit costly to operate and may not be ideal for heating larger homes.

  1. Calculate the energy efficiency

The efficiency of your furnace is measured by the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. AFUE rating shows how effectively your furnace converts the fuel to heat energy. 

The higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the furnace is. An AFUE rating of 78% or more is good depending on the climate of your area.

  1. Get the right size furnace for your home.

Before writing that check or swiping that credit card, ensure you are selecting the correct size of the furnace for your home. It may not adequately heat your entire home if it is small. On the other hand, a furnace too big for your house will waste energy, generating unnecessary heat.

When you engage a heating expert, they will assess the needed furnace size for your home before issuing their estimates.

  1. Consult with a professional

Selecting the right furnace for your home is a huge financial and emotional decision. You don’t have to do it alone. There are many choices out there and may end up with a bigger mess.

You need the right technical information to select the right size furnace to compliment your HVAC system. The best place to find that information is from a reliable HVAC professional.

Furnace Solutions Heating and Cooling are among the top-rated heating companies in Edmonton, Alberta. When you entrust your indoor heating needs to us, we take it personally and promise to live up to our service expectations.

Are you ready to get started with the proper furnace this winter? Get in touch with us for free in-home estimates. We will not stop at that. We will go the extra mile to provide financing if you have some budget concerns.

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