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Choosing the Right Furnace for Your Home

Because there are so many heating systems available to homeowners today, simply choosing which is the right fit for your home can be a project in and of itself. If you have reviewed your options and decided that using a furnace in Portsmouth, VA is right for you, there are still more considerations to make. You must be certain not only that your furnace is of a high quality and that it was built by a trusted manufacturer, but also that it suits your needs well. Below you’ll find a few tips to help ensure that you choose the right furnace for your needs. Contact House Call Company for more details. 

Efficiency

The efficiency with which your furnace operates will help to determine how affordably it operates. If you have a furnace of a low efficiency rating, a lot of the heat generated may be lost in flue gases and combustion byproducts. Be sure to keep the efficiency rating of the furnaces that your’re considering in mind. Furnace efficiency is denoted by an AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating. The higher the AFUE, the more efficiently the furnace will operate.

Fuel

You must also decide how it is that your furnace of choice will generate heat. Gas furnaces, for example, combust natural gas in order to generate heat, and that heat is used in order to heat air for distribution throughout one’s home. Natural gas is quite clean-burning, for a fossil fuel, and is relatively affordable. It is also piped directly to one’s home, meaning that you must have the opportunity to connect to a main gas line in order to use it. Electric furnaces are also available, and can be used wherever electricity is available. They are very efficient, as no heat generated is lost via gases, but the cost of electricity is quite high when compared to natural gas, so using it to heat your home may be more costly in the end.

Budget

Finally, maintain a realistic grasp on your budget. Don’t invest in the cheapest furnace that you can find just because it is so cheap. You’ll likely wind up realizing that you get what you pay for. However, you also shouldn’t invest in a highly efficient furnace that is beyond your financial comfort zone. You can always work with a member of our staff to ensure that you’re making good choices for your individual needs.

 

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