Choosing the right furnace for your home

When winter rolls in there is nothing more important than your home heating system. That's why when you purchase a furnace it's imperative that you learn about the different options available to you. Features of your new furnace, such as efficiency, size, and type, are all factors that contribute to the amount of money you will spend to operate the unit through out the peak heating season, as well as how long your system will perform at peak levels.

A few key points to keep in mind

System Type

Central heating and cooling systems can be either a split system or a packaged system.

Fuel Source

Whether you want gas or electric, there are options available. 

Gas furnaces operate off of natural gas and are the most economical way to heat your home when temperatures fall below freezing. Electric furnaces must create original heat from electricity, this can notably run up your meter. A more economical solution is the electric-powered heat pump. These units transfer heat from one air stream to another using less electricity. They also act as an air conditioner during the summer. 

Zoning Systems

These systems divide your home into clusters called "zones.” Each zone is controlled by a separate thermostat. In addition, dampers within your ducts can open or close entree to different zones to even out temperatures throughout your home. This, allowing you to use just the right amount of energy to keep your home comfortable.

 

Correct Sizing

Installling a correct sized unit is important for overall home comfort. 

 A Manual J load calculation to find out the system size you need (measured in BTUs or tons) should be done. This calculation accounts for square footage as well as window efficiency.

Systems that are too small or too large will not heat your home properly, could cause the unit to continuously run, or burn out sooner than anticipated.

Rebated and Incentives

Investing in high-efficiency equipment offers other perks in addition to utility bill savings. High-efficiency heating equipment can qualify for local utility incentives and rebates that can put money back in your pocket.

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