There are fewer purchases more frustrating than those requiring you to replace household fixtures like heating, air conditioning, and plumbing systems. These are typically known as “distress purchases” because they tend to be made at a point of emergency, like in the middle of winter when you’re stuck without any heat.
Hopefully, you have a bit more time so that you can consider all of the options and features in a furnace we detail below. There is no one “right fit” for every home, so consider your unique needs and check out our guide.
A High Efficiency Furnace
You can determine efficiency by checking the AFUE rating when you’re comparing units. The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) is a measure of the amount of energy used for direct heating, and a higher AFUE is more efficient. The minimum AFUE you’re likely to find is about 80, but you want a greater efficiency to save money.
We’ll be honest, though: the most efficient furnace may simply not be a cost-effective option for your home. In colder climates, you can see a high-efficiency furnace quickly offset its price tag, but in a warmer area, it might take a bit longer. Get as close to 90 AFUE as possible without breaking the bank.
Gas vs. Electric
Do you have access to a natural gas line in your home? If so, you might want to choose a gas furnace for your home heating. Gas furnaces built today are safe and reliable. Besides, the cost of using an electric furnace, even a highly efficient one, will usually be more than the cost of using a gas furnace simply because of the high price of electricity.
However, electric furnaces have their merits. In our area, they are actually quite popular, thanks to their low cost upfront. It’s one of the least expensive whole-house heating systems you can buy. You get peace of mind over gas leaks and carbon monoxide leaks (as there is no risk for this system) and it may last longer than a gas furnace.
Not a Furnace
One option for whole-house heating is actually not a furnace at all. If you’re considering an electric furnace, why not go for a heat pump instead? A heat pump also uses electricity to run but it requires far less. It only moves heat from place to place instead of generating heat, and is perfect for our warm climate (relative to the Northeast, for example).
The Right Size
Electric furnace, gas furnace, or heat pump—you won’t get the efficiency and performance you expect without the right sizing. If a furnace is too small, you won’t get the power you need. The furnace will run nonstop which can waste a lot of energy and fuel, ultimately leading to the early demise of the system.
Many people think a larger furnace will work better. But if it’s too big for your home, it can actually run into additional problems. Short cycling is when the furnace runs in shorter cycles than it was designed for. It starts up too frequently, which can cause it to malfunction.
Get your new furnace in Pooler, GA from AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc. Allow us to do a quality job at a fair price.