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How to Choose the Best Furnace for Your Home
Choosing a new furnace for your home is an extremely important decision for any homeowner to make. You are investing in the comfort and safety of your home and you must be sure that your furnace is matched to your home for the most efficient heating.
Before you begin, we recommend that you schedule a professional tune-up to assess and determine the condition and efficiency of your furnace now.
Choosing the right contractor to size and install your system is just as important when selecting the system you will use to heat your home. Otherwise, you will not see the savings you expect.
1. Gas or Electric? Most people will usually stay with the type of furnace that is currently installed in their home. However, you should consider the benefits of each before you decide. Electric furnaces are cleaner and don’t generate fumes but gas are less expensive to operate.
2. Look for furnaces that are high in efficiency. You can compare models using the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). While a higher efficiency rating will often translate into a higher price tag the most efficient systems are also the least expensive to operate. A high efficiency unit will use 90-98 percent of the fuel, while an older 80 percent gas furnace will use only 80.
3. Choosing the properly sized furnace involves matching the size of your home with the heat output of your new system, known as British Thermal Units (BTUs). A furnace that is too small will obviously not heat your home well. While a furnace that is too big for your space will not be more effective at heating your home, but will waste fuel by cycling on too frequently.
4. Any time you repair or replace heating, cooling or ventilation equipment is a good time to evaluate and address any air quality concerns you or your family may have. An HVAC professional is qualified to assess the quality of the air in your home for safety and comfort and provide suggestions for ways you can improve. Poor indoor air quality can aggravate allergies, respiratory issues and illnesses.
Go online to A.J. Perri (ajperri.com) and schedule your heating system tune-up today. We’ll keep your system running safely all year long, with your satisfaction guaranteed!
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Q&A’s – HVAC & Plumbing
Q: How can I save money on my heating bills?
A: One of the most frequently asked questions we hear is, “How can I lower my utility bill?” Oftentimes, the answer is simple. You may be making one or more of these common heating mistakes.
Top 5 Home Heating Mistakes
- Cranking Up the Thermostat. Turning the heat up higher does not heat your home any faster. Most furnaces pump heat out at a consistent rate, regardless of how high you set your thermostat.
- Forgetting to Change the Air Filter in Your System. The dirtier the air filter, the harder your system must work to heat your home. Plus, a dirty air filter creates more dust and recirculates pollutants into the air you breathe. Try changing the air filter on the same day every month to help you remember.
- Closing the Vents in Unused Rooms. Forget what your grandma said, closing off certain rooms or areas of your home will not save you money on your utility bills- it will cost you more. By closing heating vents in your home, you may accidentally cause an imbalance in your heating system. You are better off keeping your vents and interior doors open and allowing your system to circulate more evenly.
- Leaving an Exhaust Fan Running. Don’t forget to turn off the exhaust fans in your kitchen and bath when you no longer need them. The purpose of an exhaust fan is to pump air outside of your home. We doubt you want to pay to heat the outdoors.
- Ignoring a Draft. Never underestimate the impact a little leak can have on your heating bill. The fact is, air leaks in your home can cost you up to 30 percent of your home’s energy usage. Check your windows, doors and exterior walls for drafts and seal them up before it gets too cold. Don’t forget to check the biggest culprits for air leaks, the attic and the basement.
Call us today to schedule your furnace tune-up and get ready to save even more money!
Q: My furnace is acting up, what should I do?
A: We recommend scheduling a tune-up to maintain and assess the state of your furnace. If you have more than one of these signs and would like the peace of mind a furnace tune-up or free consultation would provide you, please give us a call.
Beware of the following:
- Strange Noises. Old furnaces often make banging or rattling noises as they near the end of their lives. You may also notice your furnace is noisier as it cycles on and off more frequently.
- Rising Gas or Electric Bills. Rising prices aren’t the only reason your energy bill may be going up. Furnaces lose efficiency with time and lack of regular maintenance.
- Frequent Repairs. Your furnace will break down more often as it ages. Just like a car, you may benefit more from replacing it as it becomes more and more expensive to maintain.
- Hot or Cold ‘Spots’ in Your Home. As your furnace becomes less effective, you may notice some areas of your home don’t heat as quickly or efficiently as others.
- Stale or Stuffy Air. Older furnaces often strain to provide the same level of comfort they have easily maintained in the past. Have you or someone in your family been suffering from a dry throat or skin… your furnace could be to blame.
- Poor Indoor Air Quality. Just as older furnaces struggle to moisturize the air, they also lack the ability to filter the air in your home. You will notice dirt and dust begin to build-up quickly in your home.
Q: Is heating system maintenance really important?
A: Absolutely. People often don’t think about their furnace until it breaks down. You don’t want to make this mistake. Just like any other major piece of equipment, your heating and cooling equipment needs annual maintenance to run at its peak efficiency. Over half of all of the repair calls that we run could have been avoided with regular maintenance. Your heating system also becomes less efficient and reliable as dirt and dust builds up.
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