Selecting a Furnace That Suits Your Needs
Choosing which furnace that suits your needs and your home doesn't need to be a difficult task. There are however some questions that you should ask yourself before purchasing. Lets face it, a furnace is a large expense and in Saskatchewan, it is one of the most important aspects of your home during the long winter months.
Here is a list of questions to ask yourself before your big investment:
How much will I save on my utility bills?
Let me try to keep this as simple as possible. If your current furnace is 80% efficient and you are looking at purchasing a 95% efficient furnace than your savings on GAS will be somewhere in the ball park of at least 15% savings. So basically, take the difference between the new and old furnaces efficiency rating and subtract that from your current gas bill.
Also, with ECM motors being standard in all new furnaces, the savings on your power bill so increase as well.
Is it worth it?
I'll be honest. If your furnace is 30 years old and doesn't give you any problems, why fix it? But, if you can't trust your furnace throughout the winter, then yes, it is definitely worth it. The blower fan's and start-up on the new furnaces are very quiet and they will heat your home a lot quicker and efficiently.
Am I paying too much or too little?
As the old saying goes, "you get what you pay for". To some extent...
If, you are replacing an old mid efficient furnace for a new high efficient and the price is below $3000, you may want to ask yourself why it's so cheap and if you are paying anymore than $6000, definitely ask yourself if you're paying too much!
How long is the warranty and what does it cover?
Many furnace brands promise great warranty until the time comes to repair it. Read the fine print and make sure you are making the right choice.
Would I like my bedrooms a different temperature than my living room?
Technology has allowed us to set different temperatures for multiple rooms. Many of us like our bedrooms cooler than our living space.
I hope some of these tips have helped and remember to make sure that the company installing your big investment is a certified HVAC installer.