Here’s What to Look for When Shopping for a New Furnace

Hot weather will still be around for a while, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about heating your home this winter. If you need to replace your heating system, this is a good time for furnace shopping. While you’re deciding on a new furnace for your home, keep the following details in mind.

Types of Furnaces

What type of furnace should you choose for your home? You don’t have to go with the same type you currently have, and you might find that a different type is a better choice for your heating needs. Gas and electric furnaces are among the more common types used in Florida homes. Electric furnaces typically cost less, but you should expect to pay more on your electric bills while heating your home with one. With a gas furnace, you might pay more for installation, but using gas to heat your home usually costs less than using electricity.

Furnace Size

It’s important to get a heating system that’s the right size for your home. If you get one that ends up being too small, it won’t be able to properly heat your home. If you get a furnace that is too big, it might cycle on and off more often, which can lead to higher heating bills. Frequent cycling also causes more wear and tear on the furnace, resulting in a higher risk of repairs and a shorter life span for the unit. An HVAC technician can help you determine the right size for your furnace.

Energy Efficiency

Another factor to consider is how efficient your new furnace will be. Furnaces with more energy efficiency help keep heating costs down. If you’re getting a gas furnace, look for one with a higher annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. Although you’ll pay more for a furnace with better efficiency, you’ll also save more in the long run on your heating bills.

If you need additional help with furnace shopping, please contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We can help you find the best furnace for your home in Martin, Palm Beach, or Indian River counties.

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