Choosing the Best High Efficiency Furnace for Your Home

Posted by admin on November 24, 2014

Choose an easily available fuel

Before selecting a furnace, decide what type of fuel you’re going to use. The most popular choice today is natural gas, which is clean, not very expensive and available in a lot of places. Coal is rarely used these days, but other options would be wood, oil or electricity. If you’re living in a rural area where natural gas isn’t available, you could opt for LPG (liquefied propane gas).

Economize

Check out different types of furnaces and find out the cost of fuel for each type. Wood is an efficient fuel if you live in a rural area with ready access to wood. For a fee, oil and LPG can be delivered to your home. But oil does not burn as efficiently as other fuels and often leaves an oily residue. Electricity is the cleanest and most efficient, but can also be very expensive.

Choose a high efficiency furnace

Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency Rating (AFUE) is extremely helpful while picking a furnace. Look for a furnace system which produces heat with 90 to 98 percent of the fuel burned. Ensure that you pick one which will significantly lower your operating expenses.

Pick the right size for your home

The first thing to remember is to match the heat output with the size of the house. If your furnace is too big, it will obviously waste energy, and if it is too small, it will not produce enough heat. So, you will have to burn more fuel to heat up the room. Make sure that the output of heat is balanced with the house ductwork so that enough hot air will be forced through the system to warm up the entire house. You should always check with a heating professional to see if the furnace you are interested in is suited to your home’s size.

Make sure you compare estimates

Inquire with different heating professionals about the types of furnace systems available and your final decision should be based on whether the fuel and the location for the furnace system you have picked are both efficient. Find out installing charges and operating expenses.

Look for features like induced draft blowers, insulated blower compartments, direct drive blower units, corrosion resistant heat exchangers and pressure switches. Choose a furnace system which is quiet, durable and requires low maintenance.

If you are looking for quality and affordable furnaces, contact Climate Experts Heating and Cooling Inc. today to get a free quote for a furnace or find out more about the best high efficiency furnaces.

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