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15-05-2018

3 Tips For Buying A New Furnace

If you are looking to buy a new furnace for your home, you may be looking for a few tips to help lead you the way. A lot of factors are carefully observed before deciding which system is the right fit for you. But what are these exactly? You could look at the price, installation quality, warranty, incentives, and a whole lot more factors. But don't worry, we'll focus on 3 tips for buying a new furnace for your home.

Tip #1: The Type Of System

When we talk about the type of system for your home, we have either a split or packaged type of system. If you've got a basement, attic, or tiny crawl spaces and are fine with an indoor unit installed within your house, then a split system may just be for you. Split systems have a condensing unit, furnace, and a coil located above your furnace. These are what heating and air conditioning re commonly referred to.

But if you don't have the adequate space to fit an indoor split system for your heating and air conditioning, then you may just need to look at packaged systems. Packaged systems are an all-in-one heating and cooling outdoor unit usually for homeowners who can't find space or are trying to free up space inside their house. Still confused? Don't worry, your local HVAC professional service can be of help to recommend the best system type for your home.

Tip #2: The Fuel

Your furnace is going to need something to power it up. Thankfully, we've got options to choose from: gas, electric, or oil heating. Let's understand first what makes each one unique.

If you're looking for the most economical method to heat the comfort of your homes, then a gas furnace is for you. If you own a slightly older home that may not have gas lines built within it, then an oil/propane furnace is for you. The downside to oil/propane furnace is that it may cost more to operate and will require more room to store. Not to mention, it is dirtier than natural gas furnaces. The last option is an electric furnace, which doesn't require additional room for storage since it creates heat from electricity. Although it may be the most costly of the three options since it will be raising your electric bills.

Tip #3: To Zone Or Not To Zone

By now you've probably heard of a centralized heating and cooling system. One indoor unit to adjust your thermostat for the whole house. But what if you could adjust the individual temperature of each room in your house? That is what we call a zoning system. Most centralized systems may experience hot or cold spots in some areas in their house. That's probably because the thermostat is located farthest from that area and couldn't keep track of the area's temperature. Zoning systems help resolve that issue. The system divides a single house into separate zones, which are individually controlled by its own thermostat that regulates that zone's temperature. You can then individually set a zone's temperature to your preference, unlike that of a centralized system which only has one thermostat option for the entirety of your home.

If you are uncertain whether or not your home is suitable for a zoning system or which source of fuel is recommended for your daily usage rate, then make sure you send us a message or give us a call. A1 Mitchell's HVAC professionals will be happy to help clarify your inquiries. Contact us at (702) 755-2042.