Are you still relying on the same old furnace?

According to home improvement expert Bob Vila, homeowners should replace their furnaces every 20 years at the very least. However, maintenance and repairs make a noticeable difference. Even regular cleanings can increase your furnace’s lifespan.

You can also extend your equipment’s life with programmable thermostats, duct cleanings, attic insulation, and furnace filter replacements.

However, you’ll eventually have to replace your furnace, despite best efforts. Here are a few things to remember when buying a new home furnace.

Understand Your Home’s Heating Needs

The biggest mistake to make at the start is not calculating your home’s heat needs. You need to perform a heat load calculation to find the right HVAC system for your home’s square footage. Fortunately, a heating and cooling professional can do this for you.

Installing parts that aren’t equipped to handle your home’s capacity will cause your furnace to overwork. Strain decreases your furnace’s lifespan while increasing repair bills.

What Energy Source Do You Prefer?

How do you want to power your furnace?

When people think of furnace power, they generally think of gas. However, electric furnaces are available, as well. Plus, they don’t emit fumes; that means fewer potential issues for your gas line.

Natural gas is also a popular option. However, if your home doesn’t have a gas line, you’ll need to call an HVAC pro to install one for you. It only takes one installation mistake to trigger a hazardous gas leak (leave this one to the pros!)

Propane-powered furnaces are another option. Even better, propane is cost-effective, eco-friendly, and safer than alternatives. What’s more, propane tanks are easy to store and use.

How Much Do You Want to Spend On a Home Furnace?

A brand new, high-quality furnace should be your priority. Thus, going for the cheapest model on the market isn’t always wise.

After assessing your home’s needs, create a shortlist of home furnace models. Take note of the price ranges, features, and benefits to prioritize your list. If you’re hiring an HVAC installer, they’re likely to have an industry-leading model, as well.

Furnace prices vary, starting as low as $600 and skyrocketing at $6,000 and higher. Technically, oil-powered furnace replacements are the most expensive, with some costing nearly $10,000! However, these furnace types are so rare nowadays.

Since gas-powered furnaces are most common, you’re likely to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000; these cost ranges include installation fees. If you’re installing the furnace yourself, the unit itself is around $700.

Electric furnaces are the least expensive. Electric units themselves cost $600. However, total installation costs are roughly the same as gas furnace installations.

Gather and compare quotes to find the best furnaces without sacrificing quality. You can start with price comparison calculators and local Google results.

Stay Cozy All Winter

Don’t get stuck with a malfunctioning home furnace during the chilly months!

Remember the above tips as you select a new furnace for your home. Start with general heating needs, then move on to energy and cost comparisons.

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