Things To Consider With a New Furnace
There are several important things that should be considered when choosing a furnace that is right for you and your home. These items include:
- Size of furnace
- Overall Efficiency
- Blower operation
- Gas or Electric
An improperly sized furnace will not efficiently heat your home and end up costing you more on your monthly utility bills. Furnace are sized in BTU’s (British Thermal Units) which measures how much heat it can produce in an hour.
Gas furnace efficiencies range from 80%-98% AFUE (Annual fuel utilization efficiency).
In an 80% gas furnace, 80% of the gas burned is used to heat your home while the other 20% is lost in the exhaust through your chimney. In a high efficiency model such as a 98% unit, 98% of the gas burned is used to heat your home with only 2% being lost in the exhaust.
When choosing the furnace that’s right for your home, consider whether you want a single stage motor or a 2-stage variable speed motor.
With a single stage motor, the furnace will run at full speed when it comes on and then shut off completely once the temperature on your thermostat is satisfied.
With a 2-stage motor, your furnace will run in low speed when in comes on and then only kick into high gear when truly needed.
This type of operation will save you money on your utility bills due to it not running at full capacity each time the furnace comes on.
Gas or Electric
The overwhelming majority of furnaces here in Columbus, Ohio are gas furnaces. Unless you live outside of the gas company’s service area or possibly have an all electric home, a gas furnace will always be the more cost effective route to go.
Electric furnaces can be very expensive to operate especially when temperatures outside become extremely cold.
A standard gas furnace will usually run you in the $2,500-$4,000 range depending on size and brand. If you are wanting to go high efficiency, you can generally expect to spend between $3,330-$7,500 depending on size and brand.