As temperatures fall in the upper Midwest, it’s natural to start thinking about heating your home for the coming season, and a perfect time to consider installing an energy efficient furnace. But unless you’ve recently purchased a new furnace, you may not be aware of current innovations in both efficiency and comfort. Here are a few tips to help you get started researching and selecting the right furnace for your home.
The leaves are falling, the nights are cooling, and suddenly it's here — home heating season. So, with our Minnesota winter fast approaching, it makes sense to ensure that you’re getting the best performance out of your heating system. Here are three ways you can increase your system’s efficiency and reduce your utilities bills this winter.
As the leaves turn and temperatures drop, it’s natural to start thinking about winter heating. And perhaps this is the year to replace that old furnace with a new, energy-efficient one. But what would a new furnace cost?
Heat pumps are nifty alternatives (or supplements) to getting a furnace or air conditioner. Because of the name, many people think that a heat pump serves one purpose – but it can both heat and cool a home. Once thought to be best for those with moderate heating and cooling needs, newer heat pump models – like Carrier’s geothermal heat pumps – can be used in the coldest winters and hottest summers. Here are some of the benefits of installing a Carrier heat pump in your home.
1. Can Heat And Cool Your Home
We briefly mentioned this, but it’s pretty cool that you can have one piece of equipment that can pull double duty! Just like an air conditioner takes heat from inside the home and pushes it outside in the summer, so does a heat pump. But it also has the ability to flip the process in the winter and act as a heating unit. Our expert Keith Hill, the technical support manager at Minnesota Air, describes the heating mode like a reverse refrigerator because it extracts heat from the outdoors and ejects it into the air flowing in your duct system, which will heat your home. He says that even when it’s cold outside, the refrigeration system can take heat from 30- or 40-degree outdoor air and bring that heat indoors with the newest units.
Spring has sprung! And hopefully your HVAC made it all the way through the winter and will last you for many winters to come. But if not, you’ve found the right article. Spring is the time of year when we turn off the furnace and prepare the air conditioner for the summer heat, but it’s also the off-season for HVAC contractors. That means it’s one of the best times of the year to buy a new furnace. Here’s why:
Whether you are looking to ‘go green,’ or just save a little money on your energy bill, comparing the different methods of home heating is a great place to start. However, you should know that there are many variables that go into making the choice that is right for you. We’ll break down some of the factors to consider when you are comparing different modes to heat your home, as well as a home heating cost comparison.
Fuel: The Type And Cost of Using
Fuel, or what powers your heater, is the place to start. Depending on if you are getting a furnace that runs on natural gas, oil, propane, electric, geothermal, etc., a lot can change in the price. Because so many furnaces depend on the fuel supplied by a company (gas, electric), the cost can change from month to month, according to Keith Hill, the technical support manager at Minnesota Air. Keith says that is especially true with the price of “delivered fuels” like propane and fuel oil – because it all depends on the company supplying it and the way the market is going at the time.
You get what you pay for. That’s a statement that rings true for nearly everything you spend your money on. Higher quality items are usually more expensive and those of lesser quality tend to be cheaper. Applying that same logic when buying a furnace is important to keep in mind when you are in the market for a new one, so here are some items to help you understand the average cost of a furnace.
What Is The Average Price?
According to homeadvisor.com, the average national homeowner spent between $2,225- $5,511 to install a furnace. However, there are many factors that go into the overall cost of a new furnace. You’ll notice a difference in price if you have a bigger house to heat up. You’ll likely need a more powerful HVAC system, or maybe even two separate HVAC systems, if you have a lot of square footage. You may also notice a difference in cost depending on the climate you live in. You may not need a powerful machine (or even a furnace at all) if you live in a southern climate. But in a region where you experience artic-like weather – like we endure here in Minnesota – you’ll need something that can pull its weight.
Here’s a pop quiz for you furnace buyers: What’s the difference between two-stage heating and modulating heat? Should you buy a gas furnace or a heat pump for your house? Is there really much difference in efficiency between getting a furnace with 80% AFUE vs. 90% AFUE?
Don’t know what we’re talking about? Well, you’re not alone. You don’t have to be overwhelmed by the thought of buying a new furnace – it’s much easier than you think once you’ve done a little homework. To give you a leg up in your ‘studies,’ we’ve enlisted our HVAC specialist, Keith Hill, the technical support manager at Minnesota Air, to help you decide what furnace you should buy.
If you are in the market to buy a new gas furnace, then you’ve found the first article you’ll need to help you pick the right one. We’re here to help you narrow down all the choices in our quick guide to choosing the best gas furnace for your home.
Look For Efficiency
When you are deciding what type of furnace will replace your old one, the first thing you’ll notice is that efficiency has come a long way. Some of the best furnaces made 10-20 years ago have similar efficiency to the most basic furnace models made today. So, if you are buying new, you will almost always see an improvement when it comes to efficiency – and, in turn, an improvement on your energy bill.
In addition, Energy STAR rated furnaces “will be up to 16 percent more energy efficient than baseline models, and can save an average of $94 in energy costs per year,” according to energystar.gov.
Keith Hill, the technical support manager at Minnesota Air, says that general fuel efficiency is the first thing you decide.