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May 3, 2023 3:26:04 PM by Logan Donahue

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing a Furnace

If you're looking to replace your furnace, it's essential to consider some factors before making a decision. Asking yourself the right questions can help you choose the best system and ensure that you get the most out of your investment. These questions can help you make an informed decision that will provide the greatest long-term benefits for your home and family.
Single-Stage vs. Two-Stage vs. Modulating Furnaces

4 Important Factors to Consider Before Replacing Your Furnace

How long do I plan to stay in my current home?

If you're planning on selling your home in the next few years, upgrading to a modulating system may not provide long-term benefits. However, if you anticipate living in your current home for ten or more years, investing in high-efficiency equipment can lead to greater comfort and energy savings.

Does my AC need to be replaced as well? 

If you're planning to replace either your furnace or air conditioner, it's financially beneficial to replace both at once to save on labor costs. If you plan on only replacing one unit, equipment compatibility becomes crucial, especially when installing HVAC equipment from different brands. Installing different brands of HVAC equipment can be challenging and become problematic. Sophisticated equipment actively communicates with the thermostat and other HVAC equipment, and it can be challenging to find compatible equipment that utilizes all the functionality of your heating and cooling units.
READ: Historic Chestnut Hill Home Upgrades to  Two-Stage Furnace and High-Velocity 

How many levels do I have in my home? 

While any home can benefit from a furnace, having the right furnace for your home's layout will provide maximum comfort. If you're experiencing hot and cold spots in your home, this may be due to issues like windows or ductwork, but it's worth checking out two-stage or modulating furnaces before making a decision. Modulating technology is used in homes with temperature variances. On the other hand, less sophisticated equipment such as single-stage furnaces are perfect for single-level or compact homes.  

How often do I use my furnace? 

If you wait until the coldest winter months to turn on your furnace, you won't get as much benefit out of modulating equipment. However, if you're having to turn on the furnace for additional fall and spring months, two-stage or modulating becomes a much better option.

Final Thoughts 

Upgrading your HVAC system is a significant investment, and it's essential to consider factors such as your future plans, equipment compatibility, and the size of your home before making a decision. By asking yourself the right questions and consulting with a reputable HVAC contractor, you can ensure that you choose the right system for your home, leading to greater comfort and energy savings.
Contact ECI Comfort

If you are located in the Delaware Valley Area and looking to find comfort in your home, visit our website or give us a call at 215-245-3200 to learn more. 

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