Furnaces are one appliance every home needs, but this doesn’t mean buying a new one is any less of a mystery. If you’ve started looking at new furnaces for your home and you’re lost on where to start, these are four things you need to consider:
- System type—While you probably want to go with a central heating system, know that there are two main types: split systems and packaged systems. Split systems are comprised of a condensing unit, furnace, and coil that exist indoors. Comparatively, packaged systems contain heating and cooling components in one convenient, outdoor unit.
- Fuel source—Whether you want gas, oil, or electric should be one of the main guiding factors as you look at new furnaces. Carefully consider each fuel source based on your priorities, whether they are indoor air quality, efficiency, cost savings, etc.
- Zoning systems—Depending on your home’s construction, different areas may get warmer or cooler faster than others. Zoning systems solve this problem because each area is controlled by a different thermostat. Consider installing one of these systems along with your new furnace.
- Indoor air quality—Your furnace likely uses a blower to distribute heated air throughout your home. Inside your ducts, your furnace may also have systems that generate clean air before it’s released into your home’s interior. When you have your new furnace installed, make sure your contractor thoroughly cleans your vents to improve the indoor air quality in your home.