How you choose to heat your home is a big decision. It affects many areas of your life at home–most importantly your finances and health. Chances are you didn’t even choose the existing furnace in your own home, Did You.? In most cases the original owner did. His or her needs and lifestyle may have been very different from yours, so the furnace you currently have may not even be addressing your families needs. It may be time to upgrade your furnace due to age or if you would prefer something with a higher efficiency. Whatever the reason, our qualified technicians at Pacific Coast Heating and Air are here to evaluate your home and make sure to guide you toward the right furnace for your every day needs.
A New Gas Furnace Makes All the Difference
As we mentioned above, your current needs for a gas furnace may be different than the needs at the time of the furnace’s purchase. Whether someone else made the purchase or your needs have simply changed, there are important considerations to make when deciding on a new gas furnace or heat pump for your home. These considerations can make all the difference to your home’s comfort level. Choosing to work with our professionals at Pacific Coast Heating and Air will help you to include these factors when choosing your new furnace and accessories for your home:
- Efficiency – If your current furnace is older than 10 years old, even if it’s still working, chances are it ’s not presenting you with the highest efficiency. Upgrading to a higher-efficiency furnace can offer you savings in your energy bills as well as a more comfortable home all while reducing your carbon footprint.
- Correct Size – Evaluating your home’s size and needs plays directly into selecting the appropriately sized gas furnace for your home. Your home’s layout may be different now than it was when your existing furnace was purchased years if not decades ago. Installing either a too-small or too-large furnace in your home won’t offer you the energy savings or the comfort you’re expecting with a new furnace. It’s critical that the correct size of the equipment and duct-work be installed.
- Proper Ventilation – Your home’s duct-work may deteriorate over time, or it may not have been installed correctly in the first place. It’s imperative your duct-work is properly sealed, Vented and Designed. Without this important step, you may be losing much of your heating-and-cooling energy. Also, your indoor air quality (IAQ) may not be as high as you would like. A thorough evaluation may be in order at this time as well.
- Health Needs – If your existing gas furnace isn’t operating at its highest efficiency or your HVAC duct-work needs replacing or repairing, your health could be at risk. This is especially true if someone in your home is living with allergies, asthma, a chronic illness, or pets. IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) is lower than our outdoor air these days. Having the right furnace goes a long way in helping improve air quality.
- Cost Evaluation – Though you may think that keeping your existing furnace costs less than upgrading/replacing to a new one, you could be mistaken. Your operating costs could be considerably higher due to your furnace’s low efficiency. Investing in a new high-efficiency gas furnace will reward you over time with lower energy bills and less than often repair bills. Typically, homeowners recoup their costs over the first five years or so.