January 22, 2015

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Is it time to replace the furnace? Make the right decision and invest wisely. Call Scott-Lee Heating to discuss all your heating and cooling needs!

new furnace installation for your home can be a very costly proposition. Here are few simple tips to help make the right decision.

Treat a Furnace as a Long-Term Investment

Most buyers make a buying decision just on the basis of price; however, this won’t take you too far. Ideally, you should look for a system that will keep you warm and comfortable for years to come. Geothermal heating systems are a great option for anyone looking to replace their furnace. Compared to other heating systems, geothermal systems offer substantial savings. Although equipment and system installation may require a higher initial investment, they offer efficiency and durability like no other system does. It also covers you against any future rises in the fuel prices.

Consider the Features

Now that you understand that furnaces are a long-term investment, it would pay immensely to spend a little extra money to purchase a feature-rich system that will serve you through the years. When making a purchasing decision, look for the following features:

  • Variable operation, which means the system can adapt itself to changing conditions and provides better comfort and reliability.
  • Look for systems that offer more safety. For example, geothermal systems are a better option compared to gas furnaces, as it does not involve combustion of fuel to heat the home. So, there is no risk of carbon monoxide leaks.
  • Check if the system offers humidity control. It should have the ability to add moisture to the air during winter when the environment gets very dry and should remove humidity during summer.
  • Variable speed blowers are a great choice if you want to eliminate the problem of hot and cold spots and air blasts that you may be experiencing in your home.

Carefully Choose Your HVAC Company

A good HVAC company can help install the furnace properly and ensure peak performance of the new system. Check the company’s experience with the particular type and model of equipment. For example, if you have purchased a Lennox system, see to it that your HVAC company has previous experience installing this company’s equipment.

Energy Ratings

As heating systems are becoming more and more energy efficient, there is no reason why you should invest in an energy gulping model. Check out the ENERGY STAR ratings and choose a model that offers better efficiency. There are geothermal systems available that have the most efficient ENERGY STAR rating.

Look for Tax Credits

Some energy efficient heating systems may qualify you for federal tax credits. If you choose a geothermal system, you may qualify for a 30 percent tax credits. Warranties are another major consideration to bear in mind while making a choice.

If you are exploring various options for a furnace and need professional help to make a choice and install the system, call Scott-Lee Heating Company at (314) 200-0788.