What to Look for in a New Furnace

blogIf you’re thinking about replacing your furnace, you probably have more questions than answers right now.  After all, if yours has done its job, it’s lasted you a solid 15-20 years.  So even if you purchased (vs. inherited) it yourself, how much can you remember about the process from all those years ago.  And if you remember a ton, furnace technology has changed significantly over the years so, in effect, you’re right back at square one.

Of course, the good news is that you don’t have to stand in that square on your own.  Service Pros, at your request, will escort you on this journey every step of the way.  In the process, we’ll answer all your questions and help you select exactly the right furnace for your home and budget.  Along the way, here’s just some of what we’ll help you examine:

What features does it offer?

While brand names are important, even more important is how well a furnace is built and what added comfort options are available to you.  Did you know, for example, that you can purchase a new furnace with energy efficiency ratings up to 97%?  Other models help cut down on greenhouse gases, are faster and easier to install and, with variable speed control, can deliver an equal amount of heat to each room in your home.

It’s not just a box, it’s a system.

Many people replace their furnace only to find they are still heating their home inefficiently due to another unresolved problem. Cracked, leaking, or undersized ducts, for example, can result in up to a 30% drop in efficiency and cause you to significantly overpay to heat your home.  What’s more, you can purchase a furnace with built-in humidity control for greater comfort and energy savings.

Programmable thermostat.

A programmable thermostat will save energy by reducing wear and tear on your furnace when no one’s home. For each degree you lower the thermostat during an eight-hour period, you can reduce your heating bill by about 2 percent.

Do you have enough zones?

If your entire house is controlled by a single thermostat, it’s highly likely you’re overpaying to heat and cool your home. With one or more additional zones and a programmable thermostat installed to control the temperature in each one, you can say “cha-ching” to even greater energy savings.

Ready to discover just how comfortable you and your family can be this winter, and how much you can save to heat your home in reduced utility costs?  Contact Service Pros today for a free in-home comfort analysis and new furnace proposal.


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