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Factors to Consider When Selecting a New Furnace

If you’ve lived in Spanish Fork through the winter, you know the importance of having a furnace that works properly. With spring just around the corner, you may be counting the days until you can turn off your old and ineffective furnace until next winter. But the longer you wait to replace your old furnace, the more money you will spend in energy and furnace repair bills. You may even find yourself without a working furnace on the coldest day of winter next year. Here are a few tips when selecting a new furnace sooner rather than later.

Consider the Efficiency Rating
Furnace efficiency ratings are useful tools when comparing different furnace models. The two most common furnace efficiency ratings are Steady State Efficiency (SSE) and Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). SSE refers to how well the unit performs once it is warmed up and running, and the AFUE accounts for the amount of fuel used to heat up the furnace itself. Each furnace should also come with an Energy Guide label that provides the AFUE rating, an estimate of annual energy costs, and a comparison of the unit to others of roughly the same size.

Select the Right Size
A furnace that is too big or too small for your home will increase the amount of energy required to heat your home. To find a properly sized unit, you must first calculate your home’s heating requirements. You will need to determine the area and the insulation level of each part of the home. A furnace installation company can help you accurately calculate your home’s heating requirements to make sure that you purchase a furnace that is the perfect size for your home. Not only will this unit operate more efficiently , saving costs on fuel, but you will also save money on paying for a furnace that is too large for your home.

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