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Furnace Replacement : What to Consider

So you’re considering furnace replacement. Furnaces are an essential part of your home because they provide heat for your home during the chilly winter months.  When the time comes to buy a new furnace, it is best to know what things you need to consider.  There are many factors that weigh into this decision, depending on your needs, you may prefer one type of furnace over another.  Some of these weighing factors include efficiency, size, comfort levels, brand type and warranties. 

What types of furnaces are there?

There are a few options available when it comes to the fuel source for your new furnace.  The most common types are gas, electric and LP.  Of these three, gas and electric are by far the most common.  Oil powered heaters are very outdated and are mostly found in older homes around the country.  Gas powered furnaces are great for areas that tend to have freezing temperatures because these they are typically a little cheaper than electric to operate for long hours. 

There are many different types of furnaces which vary when it comes to energy consumption depending on the size of your home. This will really be the biggest factor in determining how large a furnace you will need.  Square footage is the biggest factor because you need to provide heat for the entire home without the need to run for hours on end. 

There are 80% 1 stage furnaces.  This is the most common.  The other options are 80% 2 stage gas and 80% 2 stage gas with variable blowers.  Also, the most efficient gas furnaces are 95% and 97% furnaces.  All of these furnaces come in 1 and 2 stage or modulating.  The 2 stage and modulating come with variable speed blower. 

Upgrading from an 80% to 95% or 97% gas furnace could add $2000 to $4000 more in cost. 

How you can add value to your furnace replacement

Always check to see if your utility company in your area has rebates.  This could help with cost in upgrading your system. 

Warranties should be considered.  American Standard’s warranties are some of the best in the business – 10 years on parts and lifetime heat exchanger. 

 What to consider

A furnace is a significant investment. It’s important to remember that a furnace will last for many years but can be replaced if it doesn’t meet your needs. So, before deciding on furnace replacement you need to take some things into consideration. Here are some things to consider: 

-Why do you need a new furnace or furnace replacement? 

-What kind of furnace do you need? 

-How much does a new furnace cost? 

-What are your average running costs? 

-Do you have any allergies or sensitivities? 

-Are you comfortable with the noise of a furnace? 






Why do you need a furnace replacement? 

A new furnace can be essential for several reasons. A new furnace can help you save money on your heating costs, and it can be more efficient and more reliable. Your current furnace may have failed, and you’re considering replacement. Additionally, a new furnace can help protect your environment. A furnace is made up of many different parts, and if one component fails, the whole furnace can fail. It’s essential to do your research and find out what factors are important to you before making the decision to replace your furnace. 


What kind of furnace do you need? 

A furnace can be replaced in a variety of ways. You can replace your furnace with a new one, or you can fix it. There are four main types of furnaces: the natural gas furnace, the oil furnace, electric, and propane furnaces. The type of furnace you need will depend on your needs and budget. 


How much does a furnace replacement cost? 

A new furnace can be a significant investment. It can cost anywhere from $4200 to $8500. The average cost of a middle-of-the-road average efficiency furnace will be around $3800 to $4500. Some high efficiency gas furnaces will run from $7800 to $8500 installed! And these numbers are based on average homes with 2-4 bedrooms. Larger homes, and business workspaces can go higher, based on your needs. 


What are your average running costs? 

Your average running costs will depend on many factors, such as the size of your home, the type of furnace you have, and how much money you spend each year on maintenance. A generalized average would be about $1,800 a year for gas furnaces and closer to $2,600 a year for electric furnaces. 


Do you have any other heating needs? 

If you have any other heating needs, you may want to consider a gas fireplace or an electric furnace. Gas fireplaces are more efficient and can be replaced more easily than electric furnaces, but they’re also more expensive. Electric furnaces are quieter, but more expensive to run throughout the year. Propane systems are higher efficiency but can leave a smell in the air near their exhaust. 


Do you have any allergies or sensitivities? 

If you have any allergies or sensitivities, it’s essential to consider what type of furnace you need. Some types of furnaces are louder than others, so it’s necessary to be sure you can handle the noise. Additionally, some furnaces have smells that a person may find off-putting. Certain upgrades on systems can help remove allergens from the air, making the overall air quality in your home better, and helping with allergies. 


Are you comfortable with the noise of a furnace? 

Furnaces can be noisy. One thing to consider when getting a furnace replacement is the ductwork. A system with improperly sized ducts will generate more noise than a system than has been properly installed or upgraded. There can also be rattles and pings in the duct work or in the furnace cabinet that people find annoying or distracting. Proper installation and maintenance help alleviate these issues. 

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