During this time of the year, few things are more important than your home’s heat supply. If you recently turned on your furnace only for it to turn back off, or noticed the same model for sale on the antique show that you watch, it might be time for an upgrade.
Furnace shopping isn’t easy, and it can be intimidating for a first-time buyer. Don’t worry, the experts at Devine Bros. are here to help you. In this article, we will break down the four main factors you should consider when choosing a new furnace.
1. Heating Capacity
Conditions such as the size of your home will directly limit your selections when shopping for a new heating system. Larger systems generally cost more money, but if you own a big house, you don’t have much of a choice. A certified contractor should survey your house and tell you what system size you need (measured in BTUs) based on things such as square footage, insulation, orientation, etc.
2. Energy Efficiency
Energy-efficiency should be a key consideration because your new furnace will continue to drain your wallet for as long as it operates. You may think you are saving money by purchasing a system which is not as efficient, but you will end up spending much more over the years. If energy efficiency is important to you, look for models with an Energy Star label – these have been scientifically tested and proven to yield significant energy savings.
3. Fuel Source
Furnaces can be powered by fuel sources such as heating oil, propane, natural gas, or even electricity. Chances are good that your current furnace already uses one of these fuel sources. It would be easiest to buy a new heating system that uses the same type of fuel as your current one, but this may be an opportunity to consider alternative fuel sources.
The best furnace in the world won’t be able to properly heat your home if it isn’t correctly installed. As a homeowner on a budget, you may be tempted to hire the cheapest contractor you can find, but we strongly advise against that.
If you are looking for someone to install a new heating system in your Norwalk home, look no further than Devine Bros. For almost 100 years, residents of Fairfield County, CT have depended on us to keep warm. From furnace installation to repairs to oil and propane delivery, turn to us for all of your home heating needs. Visit our website for more information or call us at (203) 866-4421.