What to consider when replacing your furnace

You furnace is an important appliance during the coldest months of the year.  This winter, many homeowners in Cleveland will need to replace their furnace.  Even though time may be limited, it’s important to select the best unit to meet your home’s requirements.

Selecting the correct size is one factor you need to consider.  Many heating and cooling contractors have programs or formulas to help ensure you get the correct size unit.  It’s best to leave these calculations to the experts.  Remember, even a unit that’s too large won’t run properly and could lead to additional heating costs.

You should also consider efficiency when installing a new unit.  Your old furnace manufactured 15 years ago is nowhere near as efficient as furnaces manufactured today.  Purchasing another 80% efficient furnace may seem like a good idea, but you should consider an upgrade in efficiency.  It could save you thousands of dollars during the lifetime of the unit.

You should also start to consider future maintenance as a way to extend the life of your furnace.  Remember that your furnace is a piece of equipment that periodically needs tuned-up.  Just like a car receives oil changes or a computer receives periodic system updates, your furnace needs attention too.  Yearly check-ups will go a long way toward extending the life of your new furnace.

A well-maintained furnace should last between 15 to 20 years.  Investing in a quality, energy efficient unit will be well-worth every penny if you practice and schedule regular maintenance with your heating and cooling contractor.  If you’re shopping for a new furnace, let us provide an estimate by calling us at 440-847-9991.

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