If your home is in need of a furnace replacement, take a cue from your children and start doing your homework. In order to install the most cost-efficient furnace for your home, there are several critical pieces of information that you should research before you order your furnace replacement.
- Do you have an HVAC contractor in mind? If not, now’s the time to start looking for the best HVAC contractor in your area. Finding a knowledgeable, experienced and licensed contractor is the key to ensuring that your furnace is sized appropriately, installed correctly and that it receives the regular maintenance it needs to run efficiently throughout its lifetime.
- Make sure it’s sized correctly. Furnace sizing is based on more than square footage. A contractor who is up on their industry standards knows when to use Manuals J, D and S, depending on the work that needs to be done. Manual J will use a series of load calculations, based on your home’s orientation, building material specifications, insulation, windows, air leakage and more. Manual S will take the results of the load calculations to recommend the furnace makes and models that are the best size for your home. Manual D should be used on older homes that may have poorly designed duct systems.
- Have your ducts inspected. Unless you’re living in a new home, it’s a good idea to have an HVAC technician inspect your ductwork. Poorly designed ducts, ones that are improperly sized, have leaks or are inadequately insulated will prevent your new furnace from operating efficiently. Your furnace and duct system are interrelated, so an inefficiency in one will directly effect the efficiency of the other.
- Compare the AFUE ratings. If you’re installing a fuel-burning furnace, you want to select the one with the highest annual fuel utilization efficiency percentage (AFUE). The higher the rating, the more efficient the furnace.
Contact Pacific Aire for assistance in choosing the right furnace replacement for your Santa Barbara County home.
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