Winter has arrived in Ingram, TX, which means it’s time to consider replacing your old furnace with a new one. With so many options available, you might feel overwhelmed. Follow these four simple tips to buy a new furnace for your home, and stay warm and comfortable for many years to come.
1. Check the AFUE Rating
Annual fuel utilization efficiency, AFUE, measures how efficiently a furnace converts gas into heat. Look for a furnace with at least 95% AFUE. You’ll save money and decrease your home’s carbon footprint.
2. Verify Capacity
Our technicians measure your home’s heating load requirements. It’s important to choose a furnace that meets these requirements. Choosing a furnace with too much capacity will waste energy, while choosing one without enough capacity will leave your home cold, overwork the unit and shorten its lifespan.
3. Consider a Variable-Speed Blower
A variable-speed blower operates at the lowest speed needed to warm your home. At lower speeds, it uses less power. Furnaces with this feature provide more consistent temperature control in your home.
4. Skip the Pilot Light
Few new furnaces have the traditional pilot light. Those lights constantly burn gas. Instead, new furnaces use an intermittent pilot, a hot-surface ignition or a direct spark. These three newer options improve the furnace’s energy efficiency. You also won’t have to worry about a pilot light going out. Hot surface ignitors work like a light bulb. Wires get hot enough to ignite the gas. Direct spark ignitions move two pieces of metal together to create a spark that ignites the gas. Intermittent pilots have a flame that turns on when the gas valve opens.
Not in need of a new furnace today? We also offer air conditioners, heat pumps and geothermal systems. Turn to us for heating and air conditioning maintenance and repairs, indoor air quality solutions, water heaters and sheet metal fabrication. If you’re a business owner in or near Ingram, you can trust us for commercial HVAC services. For more tips on buying a new furnace, contact us at Trade-Mark Air Conditioning today.Tags: Furnace Buying Guide
January 11, 2022 9:00 pm