The first thing that may catch your eye when shopping for a new furnace is the sticker price. While the price is obviously important, the process of furnace selection requires more details regarding performance, efficiency ratings and lifetime costs of competing models to make an informed decision. Here’s what you should know about buying a new furnace for your Holliston home.
Investing in Comfort and Efficiency
When you’re buying a new furnace, you’re investing in your home, the quality of living, and energy expenditures for years to come. Generally, the greater the initial furnace investment, the greater the return in comfort, system reliability and energy savings on the investment. Ask your HVAC contractor to crunch the numbers for you.
- Lifetime costs: The cost of initial furnace purchase, installation and estimated operating costs (energy bills and maintenance) for the life of the system.
- Return on investment (ROI): The ROI estimates how long it takes a higher-efficiency furnace to recoup the higher price to a lesser-efficient model in monthly energy savings and potentially lower maintenance costs.
Advanced Features and Furnace Sizing
If the contractor you’re discussing your furnace investment with says the size of your new furnace is based on the square footage of your home, move on to the next HVAC contractor. With the advanced furnace features available today, such as variable-speed technologies, it’s more important than ever to follow HVAC industry best practices for determining a home’s heating load, feature selection and furnace sizing, and ductwork design (ACCA Manuals J, S and D respectively).
Peace of Mind
The contractor you choose to do business with is an important factor for a successful furnace investment and installation. Ask for proof of licensing, bonding and insurance. All written estimates should be itemized to show you exactly the work to be performed. Workmanship guarantees and equipment warranties should be available and clearly spelled out.
Buying a new furnace is simple when you call the professionals at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve proudly served homeowners in Holliston and the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts for more than 80 years.
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