When the time comes to buy a new furnace for your home, the importance of doing your research cannot be stressed enough. After all, a poor choice of heating unit can have a major impact on your finances, your comfort, and even your home’s residual value. Start with these factors to ensure you are making the right decision:
Furnaces are expensive, and it’s important to make sure that yours is efficient enough to make up for your investment. When looking at furnaces, check each product’s efficiency rating at energystar.gov. The general rule is that the higher the ENERGY STAR rating, the lower the cost of ownership, including repairs, energy costs, and efficiency.
When deciding between a gas or electric furnace, make sure to research as many of the pros and cons of each as possible. For example, while electric furnaces are usually more affordable to purchase than gas ones, it typically costs more to power a furnace with electricity. On the other hand, gas furnaces waste just 10 percent of their usable energy, as compared to the 70 percent lost by electricity. The carbon emission rates of natural gas furnaces are also 50 percent less than their electric counterparts.
It’s important that you look beyond the price tag when comparing and contrasting furnace models. Some natural gas and ENERGY STAR products are eligible for rebates or tax credits, depending on their power source. Natural gas furnaces, in particular, come eligible for a number of incentives, such as a tax credit for 30 percent of the unit’s purchasing price up to $500. Check with the manufacturer and your local HVAC contractor and natural gas supplier for additional offers.
If you are buying a new furnace, Aladdin Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. offers award-winning installation services by certified professionals. You can rely on us to get the job done right the first time, every time. If you have any questions for us, call us today at (805) 273-4320.