What should I consider when buying a new furnace?

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Regardless of the type of furnace you have installed, there are five things that you should consider before making your decision, says David Coulson of Napoleon Fireplaces.

1) Size is important. You must have a professional installer take a look at the size of your home to determine the size of the furnace necessary for your space. If you install a furnace that is too big, it will create inconsistent temperatures and overwhelm your thermostat. A proper sized furnace will regulate a constant temperature.

2) Look for clean-energy and energy-efficient furnaces. You don’t have to sacrifice being environmentally friendly to have a powerful furnace. There are furnaces that are clean burning and energy efficient. Napoleon’s HYBRID 150 (pictured right) can function using three different fuel types—wood, oil or electric. The energy efficient furnace switches from these fuel sources automatically and if it runs out of wood, a second thermostat will kick in to keep your home warm while you’re out.

3) Cheaper isn’t always better. A lower price is not always the best way to go. Ask your contractor or a professional installer about annual operating costs for the furnaces you’re considering. Be aware that efficiencies can vary drastically depending on price, meaning if you invest a greater amount now, you will still get those lower utility bills up to 10 or 15 years down the road.

4) Get the right documentation. Be sure your installer or manufacturer includes the purchase agreement as well as the warranty. Don’t be afraid to ask if you’re confused about what you’re actually getting.

5) Have your furnace installed correctly. Hire a trained professional to install your furnace. This is not a project for you to do yourself—that could not only be a safety hazard, but if it’s incorrectly installed it can impact your efficiency and your heating bill. If you keep up with regular maintenance, typically in the fall, the furnace will perform like it should, keeping you warm and saving you on heating costs season after season.

Find a professional in your area that will properly install your furnace system.