Replacing an Old Gas Furnace: What Are My Options?

One of the most important decisions you can make for your home comfort if you live in a cold climate is which type of heating system to install. Today, heating systems are more efficient than ever before, saving homeowners a lot of money over the years and making for a high return on investment. Replacing an older heating system (even before it fails) generally means lower bills and better comfort, but only if you choose the right one. So what are your options for replacing an old gas furnace?

Choose a High-Efficiency System

If your older furnace is close to a couple of decades old, its efficiency rating may only be an AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) of around 65. New high-efficiency furnaces come in efficiency ratings of over 90, and you can recognize these systems by the ENERGY STAR label. For maximum energy efficiency, however, it’s also important to install a programmable thermostat, and to have a technician double- and triple-check to see that you get the proper size for your home. Improper sizing can result in inadequate heating or performance issues that don’t allow the unit to live up to its efficiency rating.

Consider a Modulating Furnace

One type of high-efficiency furnace that is growing in popularity is the modulating furnace. This type of furnace automatically adjusts the gas output from the burner as well as the fan speed in order to keep the temperature within one or two degrees of the thermostat settings for the best possible comfort and efficiency a furnace can offer. These units are also quieter than standard furnaces, and they can help to reduce hot and cold spots in the room.

Renovate for Radiant Heat

If you’re replacing an older gas furnace, you may decide that you want a new type of system entirely. Remember that today’s furnaces offer better performance and efficiency than those that are one or two decades old, so don’t base your decision off your frustrations of dealing with a worn down furnace. However, many people describe the radiant heat from a boiler system as the most comforting whole-home heat you can have.

Call Advantage Airtech to get heating services from experts in the Whitby area today.