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What to Look for in a New Furnace

With winter officially starting later this week, you are hopefully already well equipped with a highly functional heating system. However, if you’ve recently found yourself in need of a new heater, then it’s important to know exactly what to look for rather than rushing out and getting the first one you see or matches your budget.

Keep Efficiency in Mind

It’s of course very tempting to buy the lowest-priced furnace you can find. Buying affordable appliances is natural for anyone who has a tight budget or wants to save money—which is most of us! However, in the long run a lower priced furnace really is not going to save you much money at all.

This is because if you go for the cheapest furnace, you are likely getting a heating system that does not have very high efficiency. Getting a high efficiency system is going to give you a better ROI as it will save you money over the long run. You want to make sure you’re purchasing a furnace with a high AFUE (annual fuel efficiency utilization) rating. As close to 100 AFUE as you can get is the best choice to make.

It is important to keep in mind that even the most efficient electric furnaces can cost more to run, due to the high cost of electricity. Electric furnaces are still an option of course, but if you do not have access to natural gas and are looking for affordability, then you may do well to consider a heat pump instead of a furnace.

Consider the Size of Your System

If a furnace is not correctly sized for your home, then you will likely run into a number of problems over the course of its lifespan. A furnace that is too small will not be able to achieve the demands you place on it, while a furnace that is too large will go through a process called short-cycling, when it shuts on and off rapidly because it’s reaching your desired temperature too quickly.

When it comes time to select a new furnace for installation in Franklin Lakes, NJ, trust the pros at DB Heating & Cooling, Inc.

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