As we head into winter, we have been flooded with inquiries from our customers about their heating options and specifically about their furnaces. We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about furnaces to educate homeowners about their prime heating source during the chilly season.
When should I replace my furnace? They last an average of 15-20 years. Are your maintenance expenses more than 50% of the cost of replacing it? It may be time to shop for a new unit. Also, carefully review your heating costs. If costs have increased more than average, your unit could be slowly becoming less efficient and it could be time to replace.
How much do furnaces cost? There is a large range of cost depending on the type of furnace you will need. It could be anywhere from $900 to $8,000 depending on a myriad of factors. Contact a good furnace installation contractor to advise you on your particular needs and financing options. In addition, we’ve espoused the advantages of a heat pump system in our previous blogs. These systems can reduce your energy costs up to 40% and are definitely worth investigating further.
What size furnace is best when buying new? The heating needs of the home, the outside climate, the layout of your home, the quality of the construction – these are all very important factors that go into choosing the right size furnace. Be careful, because size really does matter: Buy too small, and it won’t heat the house correctly, buy too large and you will have the unit cycling on and off too often. Along with a larger unit, there needs to be larger ducts. All of this can be unnecessarily costly, further stressing the importance of choosing the right size. Hiring a reliable company to do the calculations and install the right unit for your home is the most failsafe route to heating your home.
Does my furnace have a filter? Some do and some don’t. You’ll need to check your owner’s manual to find out.
How often do you have to change the filter? Depending on factors like allergies, filter type being used or how many pets live in the home, the frequency of air filter changes will vary. Also you can refer to your manufacturer’s instructions for a recommendation from them.
What are BTUs? BTU stands for British thermal unit. It is the amount of work needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. This is the unit of measure for heating and air conditioning units.
What is a variable speed furnace? The term “variable speed” refers to the control of airflow with an indoor blower motor in your furnace. It adjusts the air flow to what is needed from the climate of the home. Variable speed motors are excellent for zoning your home.
Remember: When in doubt, call a certified, qualified air conditioning service technician. Schedule an appointment for a free in-home consultation today. Click here or call 678-255-6073.