When the time does ultimately come to make a furnace replacement, it’s not a decision that you should be taking lightly. The fact is, the choice you make is going to have a big impact on the future of your household’s finances, and you want to be sure you’re taking all of the important factors into account beforehand.
One of the first and most imperative things you want to consider is the AFUE rating. It means annual fuel utilization efficiency, and it rates how well a furnace can turn energy into heat. If a unit you’re considering for your furnace replacement has a high AFUE rating, that means it’s allowing less energy to go to waste, and as a result, saving you money on your monthly heating bills. The scale is based on percentages, and as it stands now, all furnaces in production must be rated at no lower than 78 percent efficiency, with the highest quality units reaching into the high nineties.
It’s important to consider your furnace purchase as an investment. If you put in some extra money right now for higher energy efficiency and quality, you’ll be rewarded down the road with both energy savings, and in all likelihood lower repair costs, as furnaces with higher AFUE ratings simply don’t break down as often. One obvious reason is that they don’t need to work as hard, so the parts don’t wear down as quickly.
One more thing you can do before coming to a decision on your furnace replacement is call us at CCAC and have us run the numbers on the different units you’re considering. By plugging things like AFUE ratings, local energy costs, and certain aspects of your household into our system, we can accurately predict the lifetime costs of each potential purchase.
CCAC also will be able to advise you on whether a heat pump might not be the better choice in our humid Gulf Coast climate, for both your relatively light heating needs in the winter and the hard duty during the long months of summer.
So, consider these factors when furnace shopping, and for local HVAC needs contact us at CCAC, Inc.
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