If you plan on purchasing a new furnace soon, you’ll want to make sure that it’s installed properly and has all the features your home needs. Doing so can save you a lot of money on energy costs and help avoid costly repairs. Below are a few essential topics to cover and some new furnace questions to ask your HVAC technician.
Warranty – Ask about the length of the warranty and what kinds of repairs and replacements it covers. Extended warranties from the manufacturer are usually the best. Explore all your options and pick the one that seems most reasonable to you.
References – A good technician will be willing and able to provide you with reliable references. You’ll want to insist on a company with a solid reputation in the community to make sure that you’re receiving the best possible service. If a contractor is unwilling to provide you with references, you may want to consider finding a new contractor.
Water protection – If your furnace is going in a basement or some other place that may risk flooding, ask your contractor if he will install the unit on a raised platform or bricks. This will prevent the unit from being damaged or destroyed in case the area around it should flood.
Load calculation – Ask your contractor to walk you through the process he intends to use to calculate the load your home will require to heat thoroughly. This calculation will determine the type and size of furnace to be installed. Reviewing this process will help make you familiar with the nuances of home heating, and will make sure you and your contractor are on the same page when it comes to choosing the right furnace for your home.
Efficiency rating – In northern climates, the best indicator of quality in a furnace tends to be its AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating. High-efficiency furnaces start at AFUE 90 percent, meaning nine-tenths of the fuel gets converted into heat for hour home. However, in our mild climate, you can usually get away with a lower AFUE model at a cheaper cost.
For expert answers to all your new furnace questions, please contact us at Sherlock Plumbing, Heating & Air. We have been serving San Diego and Riverside Counties for over a decade. With more than 30 years of combined experience, we have the expertise to answer all of your air conditioning and heating questions.
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