If your old, inefficient furnace is about to take its last breath, it’s about time to replace it with a new, more energy-efficient unit. While buying a new furnace can put a dent in your budget, installing an energy-efficient heating system can save you money down the line. Summer is always a good time to replace or repair your heating systems. However, it’s never too late. Since you don’t have weeks to research the right furnace for your home or building, here is a quick guide to help you make the right decision:
Select an energy-efficient furnace
Buying a higher efficiency heating system might involve an increased upfront cost. Nevertheless, you need to consider the energy savings you will enjoy over the life of an energy-efficient unit. Higher efficiency simply means less wasted energy and reduced utility bills. In other words, the higher the AFUE rating, the less burden on your monthly expenses. When we perform a cost-benefit analysis to find out whether or not it’s advantageous to buy an energy-efficient model, it is concluded that households must buy furnaces with higher AFUE rating.
Size of the unit
Buying the correct size furnace for your office or home is an important consideration. When selecting the size of a furnace, take into account the size of your building or rooms. It might be tempting for you to buy a small furnace, but a small unit will be unable to adequately heat your space. You can consult an HVAC expert to seek the right advice. If you mistakenly buy a furnace that is too big, you’ll end up paying more in operating and maintenance costs. On the other hand, if the unit you’re going to install is too small, it will keep running, working hard to achieve the desired level of heating.
The purpose behind buying an ideal furnace for your home or building is to reduce energy costs and improve indoor comfort. Zoning is one way to optimize the comfort and energy consumption in your building. Since different parts of your building require a different level of heat, using multiple thermostats will help you control the temperature in different areas of your home. In most situations, two or three zones are created; for example, separating sleeping areas from living areas. By doing so, you won’t be paying to heat less-used areas in your house.
A programmable thermostat will help you reduce the amount of work your furnace has to do throughout the day. The function will enable you to program the systems to automatically adjust the temperature depending on heating needs. Your heating system doesn’t need to produce a higher level of heat during the day when no one is home. At night when the temperature dips below zero, a recommended approach is to maintain the temperature between 15-21°C for optimal sleep experience.
Buying a recommended furnace can help you qualify for rebates. The Canadian government wants to encourage people to use more energy-efficient HVAC systems to protect the environment and reduce energy consumption. A pricier furnace will become more affordable if you qualify for rebates.
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