Whether you just purchased a home in which the furnace is starting to show its age or you have been living in the same house for decades and know your furnace is well past due for a replacement, there are many things to consider. What size of furnace do you need? How much can you afford to spend? What brand is best suited for your heating needs?
If you are having trouble deciding on the best furnace, give Service Doctors a call today to discuss your situation with one of our experts. We offer the best all–around furnace service in the Washington, DC area and we can help you choose the perfect replacement for your home.
When to Replace a Furnace
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a new furnace for your home. First, you must determine that it is in fact time for a new furnace. There are a number of indicators that you should replace your old furnace.
- The Age of the Furnace – If your furnace is more than 20 years old, it is likely well past due for a replacement. Even if it works properly, consider that modern furnaces have efficiency ratings as high as 97% whereas your old furnace likely has an efficiency rating of around 60%.
- The Frequency of Repairs – If you call for repairs more than once per year (not counting routine maintenance visits), a new furnace may be less expensive not only in terms of annual repair costs, but in operational costs.
- Insufficient Heating – If your home has changed since the furnace was installed because of new additions like a finished basement or attic or a new room added on, your old furnace may not be sufficient to heat the entire house anymore.
If any of these things apply to you, call us today for assistance in choosing a new furnace for your home.
New Furnace Efficiency
When choosing a new furnace, the first thing to consider is the efficiency of the new device. Furnaces have AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) ratings which tell you how much fuel is actually converted in to heat. Modern furnaces have AFUE ratings as high as 97%, but the cost of the furnace will be higher for furnaces with higher ratings. This added cost can however be offset with energy savings in just a few years.
If you are upgrading your furnace for greater capacity, make sure you have a professional perform a heat load calculation on your home to determine the exact square footage of space your furnace needs to heat. A system that’s too small may mean your home might never be as comfortable as you want. A furnace that’s too large will lead to increased energy costs and unnecessary wear and tear on your furnace.
Furnace Replacement Services
If you live in the Washington D.C. area and you’re in the market for a new furnace, call Service Doctors today. One of our experts can discuss with you the best options in terms of brands, models and AFUE ratings. With years of training and experience, our furnace replacement specialists can remove your old system and have your highly efficient new furnace installed in no time.