Traditionally furnaces in most homes are larger than necessary. Remember that a furnace that’s too large will cycle on and off more frequently. That puts more wear on its components, wastes energy and might cause the temperature to vary uncomfortably.
So, to be sure of correct sizing and a proper installation, choose a reputable contractor who will take the time to calculate your heating needs according to the industry standard. Such calculations take into account the climate and the size, design and construction of your house.
Efficiency also matters. Natural gas is currently the most common heating fuel and presently the least expensive, too. How efficiently a furnace converts gas into heating energy is reflected in its annual fuel-utilization-efficiency (AFUE) rating, which is measured as a percentage. The higher the number, the more heat the furnace can generate. And remember, since efficient furnaces generate fewer emissions, environmental considerations might also influence your final decision. Some new models achieve 97 percent – near-total efficiency.
As you decide, insist that the contractor select models in a range of efficiencies and calculate the annual estimated operating cost of each model you’re considering, rather than simply estimating it. The contractor can complete those calculations by plugging information on each unit’s AFUE and electrical consumption, local utility rates and characteristics of your home into one of several computer programmes designed to easily calculate estimates. Make sure that the quotes also include the cost of any changes to venting required by any appliances in the home.
At aplusair.ca Heating, Air Conditioning & Ventilation they want to help you make informed decisions when it comes to the comfort and enjoyment of your home. With expert staff and second-to-none service, they can provide all your residential, commercial or institutional heating and cooling solutions. For more information, visit www.aplusair.ca.