Using and Maintaining HVAC Systems in Rental Properties

3 Things To Know About Getting A New Furnace

Do you heat your home with a furnace? If so, how did your furnace hold up during the most recent winter season? If your home did not stay as warm as you wanted it to, you should consider getting a new furnace before winter rolls around again. To help guide you in this process, here are three things to know about getting a new furnace.

1. Know When It's Time to Get a New Furnace

Besides not keeping your home as warm as it should during the cold winter months, here are other ways to know it's time to get a new furnace:

  • Your heating bill is much higher than usual.
  • Your furnace makes grinding or banging noises.
  • Your furnace repeatedly cycles on and off.

You should also know that most furnaces last between 15 to 20 years. If your furnace is older than this, it is probably time for a new furnace installation.

2. Know About the Different Kinds of Furnaces

Furnaces are classified according to what kind of heat they generate. For example, a gas furnace gets powered with natural gas. Other types of furnaces include electric, propane, and oil. Most homes are set up for a certain kind of furnace. However, there are instances when homeowners are able to switch from one kind of furnace to another. If you think it's too expensive to heat your home with electricity, you may want to switch to a gas furnace. Before making the switch, you will first need to check with an HVAC technician to see if it's possible to do so.

Besides the kind of heat you want your furnace to generate, you'll need to decide how to control that heat. You can choose either a two-stage furnace or a variable speed furnace. While a two-stage furnace keeps your home at a more consistent temperature, a variable speed furnace is more energy efficient.

3. Know the Cost of a New Furnace

The cost of getting a new furnace installed ranges anywhere from $2,617 to $6,320. The cost varies widely as it depends upon the kind of furnace you are installing. Gas furnaces can be more expensive to install than electric ones. Other factors that affect the cost of furnace installation include location, brand, and whether ductwork, filters, or vents need to be installed.

One thing you'll want to remember when paying for a new furnace installation is that new furnaces are more energy-efficient, and because of this, you can end up saving money on your energy bills.

Contact a furnace installation contractor to learn more.