Buying A Furnace
Black-Haak knows your home heating system is the most important part of your house. It keeps you warm throughout the winter, even when the temperature drops below the freezing point. If you are looking to have a new furnace installed, it is vital you choose a furnace brand and service company you can trust and rely on for years.
Heater installation is essential, so be sure to give our trusted residential and commercial heating professionals a call today! The professional, courteous furnace technicians at Black-Haak have years of experience installing and servicing heating systems.
They know how to properly size and select a furnace that is right for your home. When we take a look at your furnace, our experts will be able to assess immediately if your furnace needs a repair or replacement, or if it simply needs to be maintained.
It doesn’t matter if you are just starting to look for a new furnace, or are ready to get the furnace installation process moving, give us a call to learn more about our full range of options and services!
Buying a New Furnace – Size, Efficiency & Fuel Type
There are a number of important factors to consider when selecting a new furnace for your home, ranging from the size and energy efficiency rating to the fuel type. To start with, how much heating capacity do you need? If you choose a furnace that is too small for your home you won’t have enough heat on the coldest days of the year. On the other hand, if you choose a furnace that’s too big it will produce too much heat and you’ll have a much higher energy bill. The energy efficiency of a furnace is another factor to consider when making your selection.
Today’s furnaces are rated with the AFUE system, which measures how much of the energy consumed by a furnace gets converted into usable heat. Therefore, if your furnace has an AFUE rating of 90%, it converts 90% of the gas, oil, or electricity it consumes into heat. The lowest AFUE rating any furnace on the market has is 80% and the highest is 98%. The AFUE rating of your furnace will impact the furnace cost as well as the actual installation cost. However, a higher AFUE rating will lead to long-term savings down the road.
Another important decision will be the heating fuel you elect to use within the furnace. There are three primary fuel types to choose from – natural gas, oil, and electric.
- Natural Gas – By far the most energy efficient heating fuel is natural gas. These furnaces typically rate higher on the AFUE scale, use less fuel to heat your home and come with the added benefit of a generally lower fuel cost. However, gas furnaces cost more to install and require frequent maintenance due to the gas hookups. However, if you don’t have access to natural gas in your home you can’t use a natural gas furnace.
- Oil – Then there are oil furnaces which are slightly less efficient but feature a relatively simple installation process with a middle of the road fuel cost.
- Electric – Finally, there is electricity which is the least expensive to install and maintain but the most expensive to operate. Electric furnaces are the least expensive to install, but have the highest energy cost.