Choosing the Right Furnace

When it comes to home improvement purchases, there are few that are as important an investment as the decision to buy a new furnace.

Whether you are going for an electric, natural gas furnace, fuel oil, or propane model, that furnace will be expected to provide you and your family with comfort for years to come. It is likely to be there for future generations as well, so it is imperative that this purchase is well thought out and properly planned.

Electric furnaces generally cost more to buy and to run, but they are fumeless and don’t operate from any combustible fuel. Gas and oil furnaces heat faster and more efficiently and are less expensive but fuel for those might not be available in all areas. Furnaces of all types cost about the same amount of money to maintain.

The new furnace should not simply be an exact replacement in style and size as the old one. A professional needs to come in and re-evaluate the status of the home, especially if the old furnace is relatively ancient, to check on the current heating needs of the area.

There have likely been a lot of changes since the previous furnace installation, including any changes in windows, insulation, rooms, and even building additions that will impact the new heating plan.

And unless installing a new furnace is something you do on a regular basis, that is also a task best left up to the professionals.

Family Danz offers furnaces with up to 96.7 percent efficiency, one of the highest AFUE — Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency – ratings in the industry. In comparison, a furnace that is more than 15 years old probably falls within the 60 to 70 percent range so some 40 cents out of every heating budget dollar is wasted.

The installation of a new, high efficiency heating system will give you and your family comfort, energy savings, and a sound investment for your home. And a purchase of a furnace with an AFUE rating of 95 percent or more can qualify you for an energy tax credit.

While you are looking into a new furnace, you also might want to consider a complementary air conditioning system … having both of them installed at the same time will provide the maximum efficiency for both and save money in the long run.

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