- Choose the right service provider. It’s tempting to use your brother’s friend who promised to help you out in exchange for a home-cooked meal, but that cost savings can backfire on you in the long run. An experienced and licensed HVAC service provider will be able to lay out the best options for your unique home and can also stand behind their work long after the installation. Look for providers with NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certifications as well as those with a good rating from the Better Business Bureau.
- Choose a quality brand. Your furnace buying criteria will eventually come down to choosing a brand. Although many options are available and which options apply to your needs will vary, it’s a good rule of thumb to place importance on brands that have longevity and a reputation for quality.
- Understand the scope of the project. Your HVAC service provider should provide the complete scope of the project for your review. Although the furnace itself will likely make up the bulk of your costs, additional considerations may include fixes related to the air distribution system, the costs of labor, indoor air quality features, ongoing maintenance and more.
- Consider a zoning system. If a new furnace is in order, it is the perfect time to consider a zoning system for your home. Increased energy efficiency, reduced utility costs and increased comfort levels can all result from zoning.
- Size matters. Having the correct size furnace for your home is imperative. Your experienced HVAC service provider should take into account the square footage of your home, certain load calculations as well as unique features like window configurations that will affect your furnace buying decision.
As we settle into the winter season, it may be time to give some thought to the furnace that’s keeping us warm. With a few insider tips, you’ll be ready to make some key decisions and navigate the furnace buying landscape with the power of knowledge behind you. Assuming your furnace has not broken down or you’re not purchasing a new home that requires a furnace replacement, a good starting point with any furnace buying consideration is to determine if it’s needed. If your furnace is ten years or older, it may very well be time to schedule a furnace inspection with a professional who can help you determine your needs. Although many variables come into play making it impossible for there to be a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to furnace buying, following are a few basic tips that can help get you started.