It’s that time of year again; time to make sure your furnace is in good working order for winter. With the colder temperatures, your home heating system will be called upon to start heating your home, once again. If your considering purchasing a new furnace in Colorado Springs or Denver this winter, here are five things to know before you get a one installed.
New Furnace Installation Checklist
1. Determine if your furnace needs repair or replacement.
A measurement to use when determining whether to repair or replace your current furnace is that it’s probably time to replace your furnace if has reached the three quarters mark of its life expectancy, and repairs would cost more than one third the amount of replacement. If you aren’t certain of your unit’s life expectancy, check the label for its manufacturer date. Most home furnaces last an average of 10 to 15 years, according to a study by the National Association of Homebuilders. You may get an extra five or six years of life out of your furnace if it’s a high-quality brand and has been well maintained throughout its lifetime.
2. Know what you need. Before you buy a new furnace, do your homework.
Characteristics such as efficiency, furnace size and type will impact the amount of money you will spend to operate your furnace during peak heating season. To get the most for your money, you should always go with the most efficient furnace you can afford. Furnace efficiency is measured in AFUE (the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency), which is a measurement of how much of the energy put into a furnace is converted into heating power. Minimum-efficiency furnaces must reach 80 percent AFUE to comply with current regulations.
3. Check the rest of your system.
It’s a good idea to have your duct work checked by a professional before making a significant investment in a new furnace or home heating system. If you have leaky or damaged duct work, the efficiency of your furnace will be compromised. Make sure your duct work is in good condition without ruptures that could be allowing heated air to escape into attics or crawlspaces that don’t need to be heated. The condition of your duct work has as much to do with keeping your home warm and your heating bills down as the actual furnace does.
4. Is there another way to lower your heating needs?
Perhaps you don’t really need a new furnace; perhaps all you need is a little more insulation to reduce your heating needs. Affordable Plumbing and Heat, can help determine how your home may be suffering from unnecessary heat loss. We use a variety of methods to calculate heat loss in a home, with the goal of locating the source of heat loss and sealing it up. Even seemingly small sources of heat loss can add up over time and drive up your utility costs. Our heat loss calculator allows our technicians to determine how efficiently your heating system is performing, and repair or replace your faulty systems.
5. Who should install your new system?
If you do decide to purchase a new furnace or heating unit, be sure to use a qualified professional to install the system in your home. Home heating systems are intricate and complicated to install, and require a trained professional to ensure they are installed correctly, avoiding any unnecessary costs, damage to your home, or future performance issues.
If you need a proven, dependable professional contractor to perform your residential or commercial furnace services, Affordable Plumbing and Heat is the one to call.