Furnace Installation: A Buyer’s Guide

Buying a new furnace is a major decision for homeowners. It’s an expensive purchase, which makes choosing the right machine important. Here are a couple of other things to know before buying a furnace for your home:

  1. Check the size – The size of the furnace reflects how it will perform in heating your home. Buying an oversized one will result in the house being inordinately heated, thus wasting energy unnecessarily.

  2. What fuel would it use – to heat things, there is need for the proper type of fuel for the furnace. Oil and natural gas are the basic choices. However, there are hybrid choices that switch between the two.

  3. Add the maintenance costs – Don’t buy a furnace because it is the least expensive. Consider efficiency above all, products that are known to give you value for your money. The more efficient your unit is, the less you spend for maintenance costs.

Make sure to figure in installation costs, as well. A few more things have to be considered during the process. First, the location in which the unit will be installed must be dry enough to prevent rapid corrosion of the furnace, while having access to outside air. Second, check your vents and ducts; your new furnace won’t be as effective with leaky ducts. Finally, whenever you can, have an inspector check the work to make sure you’re all set and the unit is properly installed.


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