Your home heating system is the most important part of your house. It keeps you warm throughout the winter, even when the temperature dips far below the freezing mark. So, when you have a new furnace installed, it’s vital that you choose a brand and service company you can trust.
The Greater Seattle, WA and Tacoma Metropolitan area furnace technicians at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning have been providing expert heating system service for years. They know exactly how to size and select a furnace that’s right for your home. Whether you’re just starting to look for a new furnace or you’re ready to get the installation process started, call us today to learn more about our full range of services.
New Furnace Considerations
Before installation begins, you need to choose a new furnace and there are quite a few factors to keep in mind during the selection process. To start with, how much heating capacity do you need? If you choose a furnace that’s too small for your home, you won’t have enough heat on the coldest days of the year. However, if you choose a furnace that’s too big, it will produce too much heat and you’ll have a much higher energy bill.
Another factor to consider is the energy efficiency rating of the furnaces you’re considering. Furnaces today are rated with the AFUE system. This system measures how much of the energy consumed by a furnace gets converted into usable heat. So, if your furnace has an AFUE rating of 85%, it converts 85% of the gas, oil, or electricity it consumes into heat. The lowest rating any furnace on the market has is an AFUE of 80%, which is still very good in its own right.
However, if you want a top of the line furnace, some super–efficient gas models have AFUE ratings of as high as 98%. Keep in mind that the AFUE rating of your furnace will impact not only the installation cost, but the initial cost of the actual furnace. The higher the rating, the higher its upfront costs, but the greater the long–term monthly savings as well.
Furnace Fuel Type
Another important decision is what type of fuel you will use in your furnace. There are three primary fuel types to choose from – gas, oil, and electric.
By far the most energy efficient is gas. Not only do gas furnaces rate higher on the AFUE scale, they generally use less fuel to start with and the fuel cost is lower. However, gas furnaces cost more to install and require frequent maintenance due to the gas hookups. And of course, if you don’t have access to gas in your home, you can’t use a gas furnace.
Oil furnaces are slightly less efficient, but the fuel is less expensive than electricity and the installation process is relatively simple. Finally, there is electricity. Electric furnaces are the least expensive to install and maintain and they can be used in any home that has electricity. However, an electric furnace costs the most to use due to the high cost of electricity.
Installation of Your New Furnace
Once you’ve chosen the size, rating and fuel type for your furnace, it’s time to begin the installation process. That’s where Bob’s comes in. Our highly trained Seattle area furnace technicians provide expert service to anyone regardless of their furnace needs. When you’re ready to have a new furnace installed, give us a call to learn more about your options.