Most people associate autumn with holidays, beautiful scenery, and pumpkin spice lattes. However, one thing that should not be overlooked this season is the importance of having a properly functioning furnace. If you’re buying a furnace, what do you look for to ensure you’re getting a good system—and a good deal?
In this blog post, we’ll review some of the things you need to think about when it comes to furnace installation. Here in southeastern Louisiana, Foulks is your best choice for new furnaces, heat pumps, and other heating systems.
Here are 4 things to consider when buying a furnace
The process of buying a furnace is no easy walk in the park. There are a lot of things that need to be considered in order to ensure that you buy the right furnace for your home. To make the furnace buying process easier for you, we have prepared a guide for buying a new furnace this fall.
1. Select the right size of your furnace for your home
One of the most important things that you should consider when buying a new furnace is the size. Just as with air conditioners, a furnace that is too large or too small just won’t work right, leading to inefficient and ineffective heating.
This is the exact reason that Foulks offers free in-home estimates on new furnaces and heat pumps. We get that sizing is so important to this process. Our expert technician will measure your home to ensure that you get the right size of furnace or heat pump for your home.
2. Pair your new furnace with a programmable thermostat
You should buy a programmable thermostat along with a furnace. A programmable thermostat will help you save on your heating bills. That’s because these systems are able to adjust temperature at various times of the day for truly customized heating (and cooling!) for your home. Some are even programmable through your smartphone!
This all adds up. Every degree lower that you set your system at while you’re away will lower your monthly energy bill this winter by 2%, and it will put less strain on your newly-installed furnace or heat pump.
3. Select a unit with the proper AFUE rating
Efficiency matters, and don’t let anyone tell you differently. Furnace efficiency is measured by a score called AFUE. You should buy a furnace with a AFUE rating of more than 90 percent if you live in the colder region. If the winters are temperate—as they are here in southeastern Louisiana—a furnace with an AFUE rating of 80 percent or more is adequate.
Again, the best way to find the right furnace for your home is to have one of the experts at Foulks provide you with a free in-home estimate.
4. Consider what kind of warranty the system has
A furnace warranty is also an important consideration. Different manufacturers offer different lengths of warranties. Generally, the more efficient the furnace, the longer is the warranty.
If you have questions about system warranties, give our team a call and we’ll walk you through how they work.
Buying a furnace in southeast Louisiana? Call Foulks for a free in-home estimate
If you’re ready to buy a new furnace and have it professionally installed by the best experts around, contact Foulks for your free in-home estimate. Give us a call at (985) 748-8838 or contact us online.