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Furnace Replacement Tips

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Furnace replacement is a purchase that shouldn�t be taken lightly, and timing is key. With so many options out there, it could serve you well to strategize when it comes to replacing your furnace. This includes thoroughly researching the furnaces on the market and examine the timing of your decision to replace. The good news is that with a premium placed on energy efficiency these days, you should be able to find a furnace that will bring down your utility bills.

When to Replace

The age of your furnace should be taken into consideration, as well as the return of the investment of purchasing a new one. Older furnaces aren't as energy efficient as newer ones, so as your heating bills rise, you may be more apt to purchase a new furnace. If your furnace breaks down during the winter, consider whether you can ride it out before replacing it. Winter is peak time for furnace replacement, and you can save money by waiting until the spring. If waiting until the spring to replace your furnace, space heaters are a viable option, assuming you take proper care of your pipes. Space heaters should be used with caution, as there are burn and fire hazards if used improperly.

Consider your pipes when making the decision whether to replace your furnace now or wait until spring. For deep freeze days, you will need to shut off your water and stay somewhere else until it passes. Where you live and your region�s climate will have a heavy bearing on how soon you need to replace your furnace. Consult your HVAC contractor for additional guidance.

Furnace Replacement Tips

  • Shop around and do your research when selecting a new furnace. Consider additions such as air filters and humidifiers.
  • Energy efficient systems, including solar power and heat pumps, is a smart investment that deserves serious consideration. Not only could you receive tax breaks for these home additions, your reduced energy usage will mean smaller utility bills.
  • Be sure to examine the furnace's Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating when making your purchase. This rating illustrates what percentage of the fuel is used; the remainder is lost as exhaust.

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