What to Consider When Buying a New Furnace

Like a house and a car, a heating system is a major investment for most families in High Springs, FL. If you are in the market for a new heating unit, you have probably spent a fair amount of time researching already. This ensures that you are prepared to purchase the most energy-efficient heating system in the event that your current unit suddenly quits working.

Rate the Performance of Your Current Heating System

Since your HVAC system loses efficiency a little at a time, it isn’t always easy to know when it is no longer performing at an acceptable level. You may notice that your heating unit
home isn’t as warm as you would like, but that doesn’t seem like a big deal at first. Next, you may notice that your energy bills are increasing every month even when your family’s consumption has not changed. Another sure sign of a heating system that is past its prime is the need for frequent repairs. If you have at least two of these problems, replacing your HVAC unit may make more financial sense over time.

Ask about the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) Rating

As you are evaluating new furnaces, be certain to pay attention to the AFUE rating on each one. This helps you to anticipate how well the unit will perform over the course of the next several years. While the minimum AFUE rating is only 78 percent, our company installs new heating systems that are up to 95 percent efficient. This means that the unit burns all but five percent of its gas or oil to heat your home or business.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Recommendations

The EPA and the federal Energy Star program both recommend that home and business owners replace stand-alone heating systems that are more than 15 years old. Since there were no federally mandated energy efficiency standards prior to the turn of the century, older heating systems maybe only 60 percent efficient. If you are having difficulty choosing a new heating unit, contact Bounds Heating & Air for a consultation. We always perform a load calculation and take precise measurements to determine the right unit for your home or business. If you have been living with an inefficient HVAC unit for a while, it shouldn’t take long to notice an improvement in comfort, a decrease in maintenance, repair costs, and utility bills.

Give our team of professionals a call for additional information regarding a furnace upgrade or any other HVAC concerns.