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7 Important questions to ask before buying a new furnace

What to consider before buying a new furnace

Are you thinking about furnace replacement or getting a new furnace for your house? A furnace is a long-term investment that directly affects your comfort and energy efficiency, so making the right choice is essential. Given the range of alternatives available, it’s crucial to know what to consider when picking a furnace. This comprehensive guide covers various kinds of furnaces, things to think about, and queries to ask before buying. So let’s get started and select the ideal furnace for your requirements!

What is a furnace?

A furnace is a type of heating system that keeps your house warm in the winter. It works by generating heat from fuel (such as gas, oil, or electricity) and distributing that heat through the ducts and vents of your home. Both residential and commercial buildings frequently have furnaces, which are essential for providing warmth and comfort in the winter.

Various Types of Furnaces

1. Gas Furnace

  • Gas furnaces are popular due to their low cost and dependable performance.
  • They produce heat using propane or natural gas, providing quick and reliable warmth.
  • Installation of a gas furnace necessitates connection to a gas line, thus it’s critical to provide sufficient ventilation and safety precautions.

2. High Efficiency Gas Furnace

  • By integrating cutting-edge technologies, high-efficiency gas furnaces offer improved energy savings.
  • They use less energy and cost less to operate with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating of 90% or above.
  • Although high-efficiency furnaces are more expensive up front, the savings over time make them an excellent investment.

3. Oil Furnaces 

  • Where there is a shortage of natural gas, oil furnaces are an appropriate substitute.
  • They are frequently found in older homes and provide dependable warmth, particularly in colder locations.
  • To achieve optimum operation, oil furnaces need an on-site oil storage tank, frequent fuel supplies, and appropriate maintenance.

Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a New Furnace

1. What size furnace should I buy for my house?

For maximum performance and energy efficiency, the right furnace size must be chosen. A qualified heating contractor can determine the appropriate size by examining your home’s square footage, insulation, and other elements.

2. What kind of fuel should I select?

The most popular options are gas and oil furnaces. Gas furnaces are renowned for their effectiveness, cheaper maintenance costs, and natural gas availability. Oil furnaces are dependable and appropriate for locations without access to natural gas. When selecting the fuel type, keep things like cost, availability, and environmental impact in mind.

3. How much does a new furnace cost?

The cost of a new furnace relies on a number of variables, including the furnace’s type, size, efficiency rating, and installation requirements. Furnace replacement typically costs between $2,500 and $7,500, including installation. Ductwork alterations, licenses, and any required electrical improvements can incur additional costs. To evaluate costs and services, it is advised to get several estimates from reliable HVAC companies.

4. What is the energy efficiency rating? How can I evaluate the energy efficiency of several furnaces?

Ask about the furnace’s Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. Your energy usage and utility costs can be greatly reduced by choosing a high-efficiency gas furnace or oil furnace. For models that efficiently convert a substantial part of the fuel into usable heat, look for furnace models with an AFUE rating of 90% or above.

5. How much maintenance is necessary?

For the furnace to operate at its best, installation must be done correctly. Make sure you pick a  HVAC company in Philadelphia that has experience in installing furnaces. Also take into account the need for long-term maintenance and the accessibility of furnace repair services in your neighborhood. Recognize the furnace’s maintenance requirements, such as filter replacements, inspections, and cleaning. 

6. How long is the furnace expected to last?

When assessing the furnace’s long-term cost-effectiveness, inquire about the typical lifespan of the model you’re contemplating. You may assess the furnace’s long-term value and make replacement plans if you are aware of its anticipated lifespan.

7. What are the extra features you need to take into account? 

Additional options that improve energy efficiency may be available on some furnaces. These could be complex control systems, variable-speed blowers, or two-stage or modulating burners. With the aid of these characteristics, energy use can be reduced while making your home’s heating more reliable and effective.

When it comes to furnace installation services in Philadelphia, contact Boyle Energy

We are Boyle Energy, a trusted provider of complete oil furnace services in Philadelphia since 1937. Whether you need a new furnace installed, require repairs for an existing one, or want to schedule regular maintenance to keep your system running smoothly, we have got you covered. For all your furnace needs in Philadelphia, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 610-347-5197. Let Boyle Energy keep your home warm and comfortable throughout the year.

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