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Is There a Furnace in Your Future?

Is There a Furnace in Your Future?

Find The Right Furnace For Your Home

If you’re in the market for a new furnace for your home, you might find that it can be difficult to select the right model.  There are three different furnace types: gas, oil, and electric.  Depending on your particular home heating needs, you may find that one type is more suitable for your household than another type.  Learning about each furnace style can help you to decide which model to purchase.

Types of Home Furnaces

Each furnace type operates on a different energy source and there are advantages and disadvantages to each model.  Oil furnaces can last for up to 30 years with proper maintenance, which makes them an excellent choice for long-term homeowners.  Oil furnaces are also safer, since the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from them is very low.

Gas furnaces are very reliable, since they run on a natural gas source that cannot be interrupted by typical electrical shortages.  Gas furnaces, however, come with the potential threat of a gas leak that could be poisonous to the home’s inhabitants. Compared to electric furnaces, gas furnaces are less expensive to operate on average, but they only last for 12 to 15 years.

Electric furnaces are long lasting, continuing to operate for up to 30 years.  Since these furnaces run on electrical power, they are susceptible to power outages and the cost of operating them will increase your power bill.  One of the benefits of electric furnaces, however, is that they pose no safety risk since they do not rely on fuel.

Selecting the Best Furnace for Your Home

How do you know when it’s time to replace your furnace?  Typically, if your current model is at least 15 years old, it’s a good idea to consider replacing it with a newer model.  This is because new models are manufactured with improved energy efficiency, which can save you money on your home’s heating bill.  Even if you have a newer furnace model, you may need a new system if your current unit cannot meet the demands of your home.

One of the most important considerations when choosing a home furnace is energy efficiency.  If you select an Energy Star-approved model, you’ll be able to save on your home’s normal heating costs.  It is also important that you select a certified installation technician who will make sure that you select a furnace that can meet your home’s daily needs.  If you select a furnace that is too small for your square footage, you might experience areas of heat loss, or need to run your unit constantly to achieve a level of comfort.

Consulting with an Experienced Technician

If you’re still uncomfortable selecting a furnace, you may want to discuss the matter with an experienced professional.  He or she will help you determine the best type of furnace for your home’s needs, and install it properly and safely.  If you have any questions about how each furnace model operates, you can ask your HVAC technician.

Contact Horizon Services

So, are you ready to install or replace a furnace? Our friendly and experienced team of Comfort Specialists knows all about furnaces. They’ll take the time to study your home, understand your requirements, show you all of your options and assist you with finding the quality home comfort system that best meets your family’s needs and budget.