For the majority of people, having a furnace in the home is a necessity. But despite how common they are, many people just don't know a lot about the system that heats their home. Since most homeowners don't pay a whole lot of attention to their furnace until it's time to replace it, it's easy to make a mistake when shopping for a new one. Here's a look at some of the most common furnace replacement mistakes, and what you can do to avoid them.
Mistake #1: Giving too much weight to the government ratings
Home furnace units are rated by the government based on a system called Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, which is similar to the fuel rating on a car. Since fuel usage equals cost to run, many people just look at this factor and make a decision. While it's important, there are plenty of other factors at play as well. Give thought to how loud it is to operate, how much the warranty covers (and doesn't cover), how readily available replacement parts are, and how reliable the brand is.
Mistake #2: Assuming all furnaces are basically the same
In virtually every other aspect of your home, it's easy to recognize the different quality makes. A difference of $500 dollars can take an average refrigerator to a top of the line one. In the areas of a home that people see, it's easy to justify the expense. But since a furnace runs behind the scenes so to speak, many people assume that all furnaces are the same. Furnace manufacturers make different products for different budgets. When you're shopping for a furnace, don't be afraid to spend a little more if it fits your budget.
Mistake #3: Believeing there's plenty of time to make a decision
If you're shopping for a furnace, it probably means your current one is showing some signs of trouble, or it's getting some age on it. If your furnace is at least 20 years old, it's usually already past its intended lifespan. An older furnace one one with problems already can go out at any moment. It's not going to go out in the summer while it's resting, but in the winter when it's bring used. And, at that point, you just need a new unit fast.
Unless you're really planning ahead, you don't have time to look over details when you're actually furnace shopping. That's why it's important to do your research ahead of time. Know what you want and need, and make sure you get what best fits your home.
Of course, one of the biggest ways to make sure you don't make a mistake when furnace shopping is to find a professional you trust. A reputable company will inform you about the benefits and drawbacks of any system, and will make sure you get the fit that's perfect for you.