Tips on Buying a New Furnace – How to Pick the Right One
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Tips on Buying a New Furnace – How to Pick the Right One

Shopping for a replacement furnace is not something that homeowners look forward to. However, as these units age, they become less energy efficient and potentially hazardous to have in your home. If you are overwhelmed  by the amount of furnaces that are on the market, look no further. The tips below will help ensure that you choose the one that is most suitable for your home and budget, whether you live in Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Highwood, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Northbrook, Riverwoods, Skokie, Vernon Hills, Wilmette, or Winnetka.

  1. Keep Fuel Prices in Mind

When looking at new furnaces, be sure to keep pricing of the different fuel types in mind – even though they all fluctuate during the year. However, if you are looking for a fuel type that is more consistently priced than others, consider installing a gas furnace. Your energy bills will usually be more consistent when using gas in Chicago.

  1. Opt for a Unit With a Zoning System

Various parts of your home may get warmer or colder than others because of how the property has been built. In many cases, the parts of your home that are closest to the thermostat will be warmer than those situated further away. However, installing a furnace and thermostat with a zoning system will resolve this issue because it divides your home into zones, each of which can be controlled by an individual thermostat. If required, you will usually also be able to shut off certain sections of your home that may not be in use, which will save energy.

  1. Size Definitely Counts

It’s essential that you choose the correct-sized furnace for your home. One that is too small will not heat your entire home sufficiently, while one that is too large may increase your energy bills unnecessarily. When compiling an estimate for a replacement furnace, it is necessary for a qualified contractor to come to your home to inspect it. This will enable them to provide you with the most accurate pricing possible. Steer clear of companies that are willing to provide over the phone estimates without even checking your property.

  1. Inquire About Rebates and Incentives

If you are willing to invest in a higher-end furnace model, you may be able to qualify for a range of local utility rebates and incentives. This means that you could save a substantial amount of money when replacing your old worn-out furnace for a newer and more energy efficient alternative.

Ensure that a Warranty is Provided

It’s important to inquire about the warranty on your new furnace, as some companies will offer longer and better warranties than others. Don’t be afraid to ask what will be covered under warranty, as this will affect whether you have to pay out of your pocket in the event of anything going wrong.

When choosing a new furnace, be sure to spend as much as you can comfortably afford. This will ensure that you are provided with a good quality unit that will provide heat and keep your family comfortable for many years after being installed. Contact us today to find out more about the various furnace options we can offer those in the North Shore of Chicago.

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