Buying a New Furnace? Here are 10 Important Questions to Ask Your HVAC Contractor
A new furnace is an investment so you should choose your new unit carefully. The right system can save you money on your utility bills and create a comfortable environment for you to live in.
To make sure you get the right furnace, here are ten questions to ask your HVAC contractor.
1. Do I need to repair or replace my system?
Of primary concern is if your heating system is a safety hazard. Ask your HVAC contractor if the unit poses a risk to you and your family. If the repair is going to be costly, consider the age of your unit. The average lifespan of a furnace is 15 to 20 years.
2. What’s the best way to heat and cool my home?
Heating expenses can be expensive, making energy efficiency an important goal for those who want to reduce utility expenses. Ask your contractor about energy-efficient HVAC systems and consider whether a heat pump might be a good choice since they both heat and cool.
3. What size HVAC system do I need?
If you buy an HVAC system that’s too big, you’ll end up wasting money and energy, and if it’s too small, you won’t be comfortable during the summer or winter months. Ask your HVAC contractor how many BTUs of heating and tons of AC you need for the square footage of your home. Then use that information to purchase a properly sized system.
4. How is efficiency measured?
The AFUE standard measures furnace energy efficiency. AFUE measures the percentage of the energy input converted to heat (BTUs). The higher the ratio, the more efficient the furnace. A contractor should be able to answer questions about different types of energy-efficient furnaces.
5. What types of furnaces are available?
There are four main types of furnaces: natural gas, oil, electric, and propane. Your HVAC contractor can guide you based on your fuel type, installation area, and heating needs. In addition to forced air furnaces, you should ask your contractor about heat pumps or geothermal systems for heating and cooling.
6. How much will installation cost?
The national average is $6,000 for a full furnace installation. This includes the furnace itself, labor fees, ductwork, removal, and disposal of the old furnace. However, this cost varies based on the size of the unit and your contractor’s labor fees. Ask for an estimate that breaks down materials and labor.
7. Do you offer any special financing, discounts, or rebates?
Some HVAC systems qualify for rebates if you are making energy-efficient upgrades to your heating and cooling system. Ask your contractor what the qualifying minimum efficiency level is for any rebates. You can also inquire about special financing or other discounts they might be offering.
8. Does a warranty cover my new furnace?
Nearly all manufacturers offer a 5-year warranty on their equipment, but for most brands, most of the time, that warranty is extended if you register the product. Ask if your new furnace comes with a warranty and the specifics of what is covered.
9. Is maintenance necessary?
Some warranties require regular maintenance for continued coverage. Ask if care is needed for your unit’s warranty. Also, discuss with your HVAC contractor the benefits of routine maintenance and if they have a maintenance program.
10. Should I be concerned about my indoor air quality?
Your HVAC contractor may provide other products and services besides heating and cooling. Ask about indoor air quality and how filtration systems or humidifiers could benefit you.
Rheem Pro Partners can help you sort through the various heating options available for your home. Contact us today throughout Colorado and Wyoming.