Read this Before You Buy a New Furnace.
For purposes of this blog, let’s assume it’s a given that you need one. And now let’s examine some key things to consider before you sign on the dotted line.
Oversized furnaces cycle on and off too often. That in turn will shorten the life of your furnace while driving up energy costs vs. installing a right-sized system that runs consistently over a longer period of time.
The only way to determine the right size furnace for your home is to have a heat load calculation performed by a qualified HVAC professional. While square footage certainly enters into the equation, so do insulation values, house layout, condition of your air ducts, and more.
Gas vs. Electric
There are two main types of furnaces to choose from: gas and electric. Gas furnaces are the more economical choice as natural gas is currently in abundant supply. Conversely, electric furnaces are typically more expense to purchase and operate. If you don’t have access to natural gas where you live, you can also consider a propane fired gas furnace.
Before purchasing a furnace, get to know your chosen contractor and satisfy yourself that they’re licensed, insured, have plenty of experience, and take the time to answer all your questions vs. trying to get you to make a rushed decision. You also want to know to what extent they guarantee your satisfaction and that they service and repair what they sell. Don’t think of this as an isolated purchase, but rather the start of a new relationship. Having the right heating and cooling contractor on your side will prove to be an endless source of peace of mind.
Furnace Replacement is a GBT Specialty
Here at GBT Heating & Cooling, residential furnaces the right way. We correctly size them, use high quality equipment and materials, make sure you’re happy with our recommendations, and proceed only when you’ve approved our guaranteed upfront price. For the best in year-round comfort, contact GBT today and ask for a free in-home heating consultation and new system proposal.