When it's time to replace your old furnace you may have a lot of questions about which new furnace is right right for your home. There are three different types of furnace : 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 FurnacesEach 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 a great choice if you are planning on staying in your home for a long period of time. Oil furnaces also tend to be safer, since the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is quite low.
Gas furnaces have become very reliable, since they run on a natural gas, they cannot be interrupted by typical electrical shortages. However, gas furnaces have the potential threat of a gas leak that can be harmful to a home's inhabitants. Compared to electric furnaces, gas furnaces are less expensive to operate on average, but only last for 12 to 15 years.
Electric furnaces are longer lasting, running up to 30 years. Since these furnaces run on electrical power, a power outage will shut them off 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.
Choosing the Right Furnace for Your HomeHow do you know when it’s time to replace your current furnace? Typically, if it 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. Another reason to update your furnace is, even if you have a newer furnace model, you may need a new system if your current unit is not adequately heating your home.
Energy Star FurnacesOne of the most important considerations when choosing a home furnace is energy efficiency. If you select an Energy Star-approved model, you’ll save on your energy use and your utility bill. 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 home, you may experience areas with not enough heat, or need to run the unit more often to reach an acceptable level of comfort.
Choose An Experienced TechnicianBy discussing your unique needs with an experienced professional, you can be sure that you're getting the best type of furnace for your home’s needs, and that it will be installed properly and safely.
Have questions about choosing the right furnace for your home? Call MR Plumbing, our experienced Home Comfort Specialists can help. They’ll study your home, listen to your concerns, explain all of your options in easy to understand language and assist you with finding the quality heating system that best meets your family’s needs.