5 Questions to Ask Before You Replace Your Furnace

Replace furnaceBurned by a bad furnace? Is the heat not working as efficiently as before? Are you suffering through frequent breakdowns or seeing energy bills creep up? Then it may be time to replace your furnace. The good news is that your new furnace is going to be much more efficient at heating your home and saving you money on your energy bills.

Below, our heating experts have the inside scoop to help you decide when it’s time to replace your furnace.

Ask the HVAC Pros at Brown’s

Knowing what to ask is key to purchasing the right furnace for your space and getting it installed properly. Here are five questions to help you through the process.

1. What is high efficiency?

New furnaces have more features and higher efficiencies than ever; capturing up to 97 percent of your fuel’s energy and cutting your heating bills by about 20 percent.

Learn more about furnace efficiency on our blog, “HVAC Problems? Get to Know Your Home’s Heating System.”

2. Does furnace brand matter?

Stick with a reputable brand, like Carrier furnaces, that are efficient and economical. As a top choice for both homes and businesses, Carrier furnaces can distribute heat more effectively and help you save money in the long run.

3. Should I get a bigger furnace, just because?

Bigger is not always better. Especially in the case of replacing your furnace with a newer, high-efficiency furnace that has a lower Btu rating. Size, layout and design of a home are all factors in determining the size of your heating unit.

4. Should I replace my thermostat, too?

When the time comes to upgrade your furnace, you may need to replace your thermostat specifically designed for the type of heating system you choose. Plus, since thermostats and furnaces have both gotten increasingly computerized, an older, malfunctioning thermostat could be to blame for uncomfortable temperature swings. Digital thermostats, on the other hand, can hold room temperatures evenly for a more comfortable home environment.

Learn more on our blog, “Save on Energy Costs with These 4 Thermostat Tips.”

5. I watched a YouTube video, can’t I just install it myself?

If you’re wondering if you should tackle a DIY furnace installation, think again. Trying to modify a new furnace to older pre-existing ductwork and connections requires precision and technical skill. If it’s not completed properly, your system may never reach its intended efficiency levels.

Read more on our blog, “4 Essential Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Contractor.”

Time to Replace Your Old Furnace with a High Efficiency Unit

If your furnace has reached the end of its life and it’s time for an upgrade, stick with a reputable furnace contractor, like Brown’s, who has been in the business a long time to get the job done right. Trust in Brown’s for your next heating, cooling and plumbing needs; we’ve been serving residents and businesses in Monmouth and Ocean Counties with quality work for over 40 years. Call us at 732-741-0694 with any questions about our services.

In the meantime, here are more great tips to help you decide, “3 Things to Consider Prior to Your Heating Installation.