It won’t be long until cold weather arrives in Big Stone Gap, VA. If your current furnace is old, in disrepair or inefficient, now is a great time for a new furnace installation. A new furnace installation is a big investment, so you’ll want to take care when deciding which one to purchase. As you plan to replace your old furnace, here are three considerations to keep in mind:
Old furnaces may only be 60% to 70% efficient at turning fuel into heat. Look for a new furnace with an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating of 90% or higher. Upgrading to a higher AFUE will lower your wintertime heating bills and your home’s carbon footprint. Look for a furnace with an Energy Star certification. They use 15% to 30% less fuel to heat your home.
Inconsistent temperature control is a common problem with old furnaces. Consider a new furnace installation that includes a variable-speed motor. These motors have longer heating cycles with a lower airflow rate. The lower motor speed uses less power. The longer heating cycle delivers warm air for a longer period of time, helping you stay comfortable. You may also want a zoning system for customized climate control in different rooms.
When you have a busy lifestyle, you’ll need a convenient way to control your furnace. If you still have a manual thermostat, consider a furnace that’s compatible with programmable and smart thermostats. With a smart thermostat, you’ll be able to adjust the temperature of your home or turn the furnace off or on just by tapping your phone. New thermostats save you money on heating costs by automatically lowering the temperature when you’re away from home.
Most furnaces last for 20 years. If yours is this old and needs repairs, a new furnace installation is a wise decision. To learn more about the comfort and convenience offered by new furnaces, contact us at Mid Mountain Heating & Cooling today.
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