If you are considering a replacement of an old heating system, be sure to find an efficient one. Several factors must be highly considered like energy consumption patterns, the amount of insulation as well as any additional feature that may improve energy conservation. The following tips are crucial when selecting home heating systems.
The Level of Efficiency
Furnaces have different efficiency levels. An efficient furnace must have high Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings. According to the US federal government, all manufacturers are required to produce heating systems with more than 80% AFUE rating. When choosing a furnace to install in your home, be sure to consider efficiency level. Therefore, select a home heating system with an ECM motor. As compared to a standard fan blower motor, a furnace with ECM motor is five times efficient and cost effective.
Furnace and Heating Costs
To determine your average heating costs, compare your utility bill when the furnace is frequently working and when not in use. If you are using a 60% energy efficient system, switching to 80% efficiency will see a 25% reduction in heating cost. A further 96% will raise energy savings to 35%. For this reason, select a system that will lower the costs of heating. Depending on your willingness to spend and budget constraint, it is better to invest in a 96% energy efficient system. Factors such as the size of your home and the amount of insulation put in place, affect the selection of home heating systems.
Size of the Furnace
Selecting the right size if crucial for efficient heating of your home. Bigger or smaller furnaces compared to the size of the home, may compromise the efficiency and cost of operating the heating equipment. For correct sizing, be sure to ask your HVAC contractor heat-loss or heat-gain calculators. Factors like, the size of your house and energy conservation measures also play an important role.
Choosing a Contractor
Consider working with licensed and insured contractors. Having found a suitable type of furnace to install, do not sign the contract until you know the costs in detail and inclusion of a comprehensive work plan. Shop around while comparing prices before making your final decision.
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