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Buying A New Furnace For The First Time? Here’s What You Need to Know

by | Heating

If you’re buying a new furnace for the first time, there are some things to consider. Choosing the right HVAC system for your home isn’t easy. It’s not like buying groceries or even having your car fixed. Furnaces are complex systems that you don’t think about much – until they stop working. Here are 5 questions to ask before buying that furnace.

5 Questions To Ask Before Buying A New Furnace

1) What Types of Furnaces are Available?

Typically, central heating and cooling systems are split systems with a condenser, a furnace, and a coil that sits atop of your furnace. Some systems deliver the same heating and cooling as split systems, but all the elements fit in one indoor unit. This way, you can stay comfortable and relaxed and enjoy more space in your attic or basement. Some packaged systems can be installed on your roof also.

2) What Is the Efficiency of the Furnace You’re Buying?

Furnace efficiency is stated using a rating known as annual fuel utilization efficiency, abbreviated as AFUE. This rating indicates the amount of fuel your furnace converts to heat. You can anticipate finding AFUE values between 80% and 98.5%.

3) What Size Furnace Should I Purchase?

Determining the size of your furnace is not something you can do by speculating or reading online material. You don’t want to buy a new furnace that is either too large or too small for your home. This could lead to a range of issues including a shorter lifespan or an absence of efficiency. An educated heating professional should be consulted.

4) Is Maintenance Necessary?

Regular maintenance is always necessary, even for brand new systems. Neglecting any maintenance routine could shorten the life of your HVAC system. So, you will need to check the air filter at least once a month and replace it when it gets dirty. Also, a knowledgeable professional should also inspect your furnace once per year. This prevents unexpected breakdowns, helps keep your indoor air quality at its highest level, and makes sure your family stays warm.

5) Is My Furnace Technician Experienced?

A certified heating and cooling technician is always needed to install a new furnace. However, not all technicians have the experience needed to do in right the first time. The most qualified and experienced technicians are able to answer questions, and keep you informed of exactly what to expect. This reduces miscalculations and increases your peace of mind about the new furnace you bought.

With these 5 questions answered, you should be ready to buy a new furnace for your home!

Wrapping It Up

If you need any help, you can always contact us to schedule an appointment with our friendly Southern Maryland heating technicians today. We can guide you on choosing the right furnace and making sure your furnace installation is done right the first time.