10 Things to Consider When Buying a New Furnace

Buying a new furnace can sometimes be something you expect, and sometimes it’s necessary during a cold snap when your old furnace has stopped working. Whether you’re expecting to purchase a new furnace or not, there are some considerations to make when shopping for a new one. When deciding on the right Carrier furnace installation, getting the right furnace for your needs is critical.

1. Repair Versus Replace

Depending on your particular situation, it may be feasible to repair your furnace instead of doing a complete replacement. A trusted HVAC company should always have your best interest in mind and recommend the lowest cost option for you. If your furnace is old, in poor condition, and constantly requiring repairs, replacement is probably your best option. Not to mention, a new furnace comes with perks like a warranty and guarantees.

2. Different Kinds of Furnaces

There are four common types of furnaces: gas, oil, electric and propane. When installing a new furnace, it’s easiest and least expensive to stick with the same fuel type as your current furnace.

3. Features

Modern furnaces have additional features to improve your overall comfort beyond just heating your home. With options like humidity control, variable-speed blowers, and multi-stage operation, a new furnace will feel like a significant upgrade if you have one that is decades old.

4. Furnace Size

Depending on the size of your home, the capacity of your new furnace will vary. A Carrier Authorized Dealer can determine the furnace capacity you need after an in-home assessment.

5. Carrier Furnace Installation Costs

The cost of Carrier furnace installation can vary depending on the type of furnace, size, complexity of the job, retrofitting ductwork, and how long it takes.

6. Furnace Life Expectancy

With proper care and preventative maintenance, Carrier furnaces are expected to last 15 years or longer, sometimes even up to 30 years. Many factors can impact life expectancy, including personal temperature preferences, indoor air quality, hours of heating operation, filter changes and more.

7. Accessories

Some popular accessories include programmable thermostats, humidifiers, UV lights for air quality, and air purifiers. Programmable thermostats help save you money by automatically adjusting the temperature in your home for reduced energy consumption while you’re away or overnight. Some thermostats offer apps to control your thermostat from anywhere in the world.

8. Energy Efficiency

All furnaces must be rated according to AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency). Carrier furnaces are known for their energy efficiency. For example, The Carrier Comfort 95 gas furnace is rated at 95% AFUE. A newer, energy-efficient furnace will be critical for reducing energy bills.

9. Ongoing Maintenance

While preventive maintenance is critical to prolonging the life of your furnace, ongoing maintenance should be minimal. Ensure your furnace filters are changed according to manufacturer guidelines, and more often, if you have pets or excess dust, you can rely on your trusted HVAC company for regular tune-ups.

10. Overall HVAC System

If you’re going to replace your furnace, sometimes you can bundle it with an air conditioner installation, but it might not be necessary. Unless your air conditioner is not working correctly or leading to higher energy bills, you may have many years left of cool air comfort in the summer.

Carrier Furnace Installation by Spring’s Heating

As a Carrier Authorized Dealer and 3-time President’s Award winner from Carrier Global, we provide homeowners with efficient, reliable products and solutions. A quality furnace is necessary to take on our Alberta winter’s and Spring’s Heating will equip your home with products to serve your needs best. With so many furnaces available, our team can provide our professional opinion on which Carrier furnace will work best in your home. Contact us if it’s time to replace your furnace.