If your furnace starts to show signs of damage, it may be time to consider getting a new one. Since it’s one of the most important appliances in your home, see that you buy a durable, reliable replacement. A new furnace might be pricey, but there are a few helpful tricks you can try to ensure that your money is well-spent.
With that, here Climate Systems Heating and Air Conditioning offers some useful tips on saving money when buying a new furnace for your home.
Do research and ask for recommendations. There may be essential details you’re unaware of when it comes to your furnace. To prevent choosing the wrong type of furnace replacement, it’s best to do some additional research about which brand and style will best fit your home. Take note of the average price to avoid being overcharged as well.
You can also ask friends and family which contractors they’d recommend for a new furnace installation. Try calling these contractors and their offices or inviting them to your home to ask about their protocols on furnace services, such as the set-up, installation price, warranty and so on.
Armed with this research, you can choose a qualified contractor that offers the services that fit best with what you’re looking for.
Check out the price. To ensure that your money is wisely spent, be certain to get a firm estimate. This should include any required annual inspection visits, manufacturer’s warranties, labor costs, utility rebates and tax credits. Avoid misunderstandings or sudden changes with the pricing by getting a detailed written estimate.
Additionally, it’s suggested that you discuss a reasonable budget for your new furnace with your contractor, as they can advise you on the best and most affordable price. For instance, a high-efficiency furnace may be costly, but it promises a longer lifespan, which may be worth it in the long run. Keep in mind that low-priced furnaces aren’t always effective.
The SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, is also something you should check on when purchasing a new furnace. The higher the rating, the more efficient it will be. As such, it will be beneficial to you in savings. Below are some SEER ratings for your reference:
13.00 — The minimum requirement for efficiency
15.00 — Average efficiency
16.00 or higher — The best energy efficiency
Replace both your heating and air conditioning units. Once you decide to get a new furnace, you may want to consider replacing your air conditioning system at the same time as well. This will help you save money on labor during installation since your crew can work on both systems in a single day. There are also many finance companies and manufacturers who offer pricing specials when you purchase a complete system during a “slow” period. It’s always best to think ahead, so when you invest in a new furnace, be sure not to leave out your air conditioning system.
For further inquiries about your furnace, get in touch with Climate Systems Heating and Air Conditioning. Call us today at (724) 935-3900 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment.