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5 Furnace Buying Tips You Need Know!

Posted on December 19, 2018

Picking a furnace for your residence is not difficult. But here are some furnace buying tips and a few features that you might want to consider before buying a furnace or heater for your home.

What kind of heating system do you desire? Will it be Gas or Electric?

The Gas Furnace

The gas heater can be more budget friendly to use than the electric furnace. One disadvantage to gas furnaces is that burning fuel creates fumes. In well-maintained gas heating systems, the fumes produced are enclosed and would leave your house via an exhaust air vent.

Keep in mind, a gas heating system should be checked annually by a qualified HVAC expert. The specialist would examine the heater for holes, leaks or cracks. A break or split in the heater allows carbon monoxide gas seep right into your residence or workplace.

The Electric Furnace

The electrical heater is often more expensive than a gas heating system. One benefit is that electric furnaces do not use flames, therefore it does not generate any kind of carbon monoxide gas. The electrical heater is cleaner and safer than a gas heater.

Furnace Buying Tips

Furnace Buying Factors

The Quality of the Heater

Obviously the better the furnace, the longer you would expect it to last. The average life expectancy of a furnace is 16-20 years.  Selecting a brand name of heater that is considered high quality might cost a little more when buying, but it could also save you a lot of money over the life of the furnace. Ask us about Lennox Furnaces and how it could impact the comfort in your home. Lennox furnaces are some of the most efficient and quietest heating systems you can buy. They’re engineered for perfect warmth and savings. A cost-free quote for the purchase and setup are just a part of the customer service you can expect from Comfort Systems.

The Efficiency of the Furnace

The effectiveness or efficiency of gas heaters are identified by the AFUE or Annual Fuel Application Performance ratings. The AFUE scores determines exactly how effectively is the gas being consumed. In most cases, a higher AFUE rating implies it takes much less fuel to heat your residence.

Gas furnaces with greater scores cost more than those with lower scores but may conserve you more loan down the road. A minimum score of 78% is established by the government in 1992. Many heaters have a performance score of about 60% before 1992.

  • The Mid-Efficiency Furnaces – The mid-efficiency heaters are called ‘non-condensing furnaces’. The mid-efficiency furnace provides the bare minimum of 78% efficiency as much as about 80%.
  • The High-Efficiency Furnaces – The high-efficiency heating systems are additionally known as ‘condensing heating systems’ or ‘sealed combustion furnace’. The high-efficiency furnaces has an AFUE score as high as 96%. Some heating systems utilize a two-stage shutoff and a reliable variable-speed motor to raise convenience and performance.

Lennox is the leader in the industry when comes to efficiency with AFUE scores as high as 98.7%. Lennox furnaces can save the average home owner hundreds of dollars per year on their heating bill.

The Comfort features of Heaters

A number of furnaces have attributes that enhance comfort and also performance.

Two-speed heating system

The heater can function at reduced speed for the majority of the time. It enables a more quieter operation for a longer amount of time contrasted to a ‘single-speed heating system’. The longer run durations allow for less start/stop cycles, much less drafts, and extremely little temperature level variation.

The temperature swing is limited to about two degrees compared to the four degree variation of the single-speed devices. The two-speed device provides better circulation which help to keep warmer air from climbing and also the cooler air from settling.

Variable-capacity heating systems

Heating systems with variable capacity give a mix of effectiveness and convenience. The variable-capacity has a motor that controls your demands by instantly readjusting air volume and rate. The var-cap furnace supplies one of the most efficient heating & cooling.

A fan features the var-cap heater. The fan will lower your cost throughout summertime. If the fan is used throughout summer season, the central air conditioning unit raises in performance.

Noise Levels

Unfortunately, all heating systems do not included a typical ranking system for sound unlike heatpumps and air conditioners. Although, two-speed units and var-cap units usually run at a low noise levels.

The two-speed and also var-cap furnaces run longer periods of time and lower noises levels than the basic unit. Specific var-cap units have functions that avoid ‘squeaking’ of the ducts as a result of expansion and tightening caused by transforming temperature level. The temperature differential is reduced to make sure that the creaking sound is additionally nearly eliminated.

For more information on Lennox furnaces and buying your next heating system, please contact us to schedule a free consultation at 316-265-7831.