A good furnace can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. If your furnace is nearing the end of its lifespan, it’s time to start thinking about the best way to budget for a new one. Even if your current installation is still working well, it’s never too soon to think ahead to a more efficient replacement for your Hebron, Kentucky, home. Keep these key points in mind when you’re budgeting for your furnace so you can get the best deal possible.
Choose the Right Type of System
There are some options to explore when you’re purchasing a new furnace. While you can stick with an installation that’s similar to what you already have, you can also use this as an opportunity to upgrade to something different. The first thing you need to determine is whether you have a packaged system, where your heater and air conditioner are contained in a single unit. If you’re working with an all-in-one heating and air conditioning solution, you’ll need to address both when you purchase a replacement.
You’ll find several different types of packaged systems on the market. You can choose a gas/electric packaged system that features an efficient air conditioner and gas furnace in one unit, choose a packaged heat pump for both heating and cooling, or choose a dual heat pump and gas furnace. Geothermal heating and cooling is another option. Drawing on the natural temperatures found underground, this is a highly efficient pick.
If you prefer two separate systems, you can shop independently for your furnace now and leave your air conditioner replacement for a better time. We offer both oil and gas furnaces at The Furnace Doctor.
Consider Energy Efficiency
If you’re replacing an older unit, nearly any new furnace will improve your energy efficiency. However, there are some features you can look for that will take your energy savings to another level. For enhanced efficiency, look for either a two-stage or variable-speed unit as opposed to a single-stage heater. This offers added flexibility that helps you use less energy while achieving ideal temperatures. A single-stage unit is either on or off. However, with two stages, the furnace can ramp up or down as needed. A variable-speed system offers the ultimate in control with a full range of flexibility.
You can compare the efficiency of similar units by looking for the AFUE rating. The higher the number, the better. At a minimum, you should look for an efficiency rating of 80 to 83. A high-efficiency system may have a rating in the 90s. Heat pumps receive an HSPF rating that determines efficiency. Systems must have a minimum rating of 7.7. Energy Star-rated heat pumps may have an HSPF between 8.5 and 12.5.
Look at Your Budget
A new furnace is a major investment. The more you can afford to spend on your unit now, the more you’ll get back in the way of comfort and energy savings. However, you likely have some restrictions on your budget and a sensible range that you need to stay within to keep your finances on track.
Speaking with one of our technicians is a great way to learn more about your options. Ask about specials, rebates, and other options that might make your purchase more affordable for you. With the right approach, you may find that you can afford a better system than what you’d first anticipated.
If you’re upgrading your furnace, this may be a good time to consider making other upgrades as well. Adding a programmable thermostat to your system will give you more control over your heating settings so you use minimal energy for maximum comfort.
Indoor air quality systems are another great addition you might want to think about. Winter air is typically dry, exacerbating colds and increasing static in your home. A steam humidifier can help you add moisture to the air so you can breathe comfortably in the cold weather months.
If you’re ready to explore your options for a new furnace, give The Furnace Doctor a call today at (859) 652-4817. We’ll help you find the perfect system for your budget and your needs.
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