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Tips for Buying a New Furnace

October 01, 2021
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Is your old furnace not cutting it anymore? Or are you in the market to buy one for a new business or home?

Whatever the case, buying a new furnace is often a sizable and necessary long-term investment for a property owner. Choosing the right features can make a huge difference in heating costs and longevity.

You can use this guide on how to buy a furnace to help you make an informed choice.


Consider Fuel Type


Right off the bat, you'll have to consider the type of fuel for your furnace. You can pick from a variety of options, including gas, electric, and oil. Each type comes with pros and cons.

For example, electric furnaces deliver the most economical power. They're cheap and environmentally friendly but not as powerful as other solutions. If you live in a colder climate, you may want to opt for gas instead.

Gas furnaces tend to be more powerful but require a higher upfront cost. The cost levels out over time with lower operating costs. Oil is even more powerful but requires more space and higher operating costs.

Take each fuel type into account and decide what mix of pros and cons works the best for you.


Factor in Energy Efficiency


You should also consider how energy efficiency factors into the equation. For furnace replacement, you can start by comparing your old furnace's energy efficiency to new models. You'll want to choose something that performs above your standards to suit your needs in the long run.

Plus, the better your energy efficiency, the more you'll save on heating costs. For this reason, you should look for manufacturers that promise high energy efficiency ratings.


Double-Check the Furnace Size


This may seem obvious, but the size of the furnace you choose needs to have the ability to heat your entire building. If you have a small home, you won't need a huge furnace. But if you live in a large house in a cold climate, you'll need all the power you can get.

That said, calculating the amount of heat you need can get tricky. To help figure out what size furnace you should get, you can ask a heating technician to get their expert opinion.


Choose the Right Vendor


Choosing the right HVAC contractor can ease the entire furnace installation process. You should take the time to consider who offers the best services.

For example, you should look for a vendor who offers financing options to help you manage the payment for your new furnace. You should also pair up with a company that will complete repairs and service requests down the line. A long-term investment deserves a good long-time partner who can help you throughout the years.


Get a Free Quote Today


By following the advice in this furnace buying guide, you can make a more informed decision when it comes to buying a new furnace. Tucking this information in the back of your pocket will save you time navigating the options on the market. When you're ready, you can reach out to the vendor of your choice and get a quote.

If you're based in Winnipeg and want to buy a new furnace, you need the expertise of East Side Ventilation. Our team of furnace professionals can provide a free sales estimate based on years of experience installing and servicing furnaces at both commercial and residential properties. Don't hesitate to reach out and schedule an appointment today.

 

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