There are a lot of variables to consider if you’re facing a furnace replacement. But if you’re motivated by the desire for increased efficiency, stable utility bills and improved comfort, replacing your heating system can get those results — if you keep in mind the following factors when selecting a system:
- The efficiency of your system is the main factor that will determine your energy bills. Look for a system that’s rated higher than 90 Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) for the maximum return on your investment, which will use 90 percent of the total fuel it consumes to generate conditioned air for your home.
- Sizing your system is also critical. A system that’s too small won’t keep your home comfortable, where as a system that’s too large will turn on and off more often, leading to increased wear and tear and energy consumption.
- You can select a furnace replacement system that uses gas, oil or electricity, but you should work with a reputable HVAC contractor to determine which fuel will get you optimal results, as some fuel prices will be too high to get efficient results. Selecting an oil system, for instance, will require that you have access to a supplier, and it often means that you’ll have to purchase all of the oil you’ll need over the winter at the beginning of the season.
- The advanced features you select for your furnace system will also determine its energy-saving potential. For instance, systems with a variable-speed blower will use less electricity to move conditioned air into your home. Additionally, a system with a variable valve can deliver precise amounts of fuel on a minute-by-minute basis, avoiding wasted fuel consumption when the weather doesn’t call for high levels of heating.
- Finally, the brand you choose will dictate quality. Choosing a system from a well-known and respected manufacturer, like Lennox, Carrier, or Trane, will ensure a quality system and generous warranty.
Select your furnace replacement system using this guide, and get the results you need and deserve. In the Greater Charlotte area, contact Acosta Heating, Cooling & Electrical – a local family-owned company since 1972.