Time for an Upgrade? Kick Your Old Furnace to the Curb!


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How happy are you with your furnace’s performance last winter? If it’s resembling a dinosaur that’s at the age of extinction, maybe it’s time to think about kicking that old furnace to the curb!

Prepare for Winter’s Madness with a New Furnace!

We know the thought of buying a new furnace can be overwhelming. It is a big investment, but there is also a huge potential for savings, namely from huge energy bills and painfully cold extremities. So, we’ve simplified your furnace search for you by solving your most common furnace questions!

What size should my furnace be? 

Having your furnace professionally sized is essential to efficient operation and a comfortable home. If it’s too small, your furnace won’t be able to keep you comfortably warm, and if it’s too large, it will cycle on and off frequently, wasting energy and putting excess wear and tear on your system’s components. You should never guess which size your home needs. Call us here at America’s Best to have an accurate load calculation performed and to be informed of your home’s needs.

Gas, Oil, Electric, Heat Pump – What do these mean?
Gas furnaces are the most commonly used furnace type due to their higher heating efficiency and the affordability of fuel. They are quieter and cleaner than oil furnaces and require minimal maintenance. However, gas furnaces provide less heat per BTU than oil. (What’s a BTU, you ask? A basic measure of thermal (heat) energy, specifically the amount of energy needed to heat one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit, measured at its heaviest point.)
Oil furnaces are common in older homes (Levittown & Abington are just a couple of common areas) and are another option if natural gas if not available. They provide more heat per BTU than gas and electric heat sources, but a storage tank is required and oil must be delivered. They cost less than gas furnaces, but efficiency is lower and fuel prices are typically higher. There is also a bit more regular maintenance, such as chimney cleaning and oil filter changes due to dirt and soot buildup.
Electric furnaces, a good alternative if natural gas is not available, have no need for a flue, which reduces heat loss. They typically have an AFUE rating of 95-100 percent. However, electricity tends to be more expensive than furnaces that use fossil fuels. If you prefer to rely on electricity for your fuel source, a heat pump may be a better alternative.
Heat pumps systems traditionally are inexpensive to install and a good choice for moderate climates, such as the south and southwest, where winters are short and mild. They transfer heat from outdoor air indoors, and vice versa in the summer for cooling. For colder climates, geothermal heat pumps may be an option. However, they are much more expensive to install, but can pay themselves off over a 10 year span. Heat pumps are more popular down south as opposed to here.

Does a higher AFUE rating really matter? Why?

AFUE ratings measure how efficiently a furnace operates. Higher numbers mean greater efficiency. Higher AFUE ratings are essential in cold regions such as the northeast and midwest, where winter temperatures plummet. If you’re in a moderate or tropical climate, however, the role they play in monthly energy savings will not be as significant. Wondering what the AFUE on your old furnace is? 1970s gas models have a rating of around 65 percent efficiency. Today’s most efficient models can reach as high as 97 percent, near total efficiency! In dollars, that means a savings of $40 for every $100 you spend on fuel. That’s some bargain, especially if you add up monthly savings over the life of the furnace in reduced energy costs and a reduction in chattering teeth!!! You can even keep your furnace in better condition throughout its lifetime with annual preventative tune-ups!

Sweeten the deal?

When you install a new high efficiency furnace with America’s Best Mechanical & Electrical, you will instantly receive $500 OFF of your installation! (Mention the coupon from our Specials Page when scheduling your estimate). Many energy suppliers also offer rebates for your high efficiency upgrades! You can’t lose with these savings + the savings per month on your utility bills!

Ready to kick your furnace to the curb? We’ll help you score the perfect new replacement. Contact us online to schedule an estimate or give us a call toll-free at 888-456-2525 or 215-442-7423.

 

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