Buying a new furnace is a significant investment in your home or commercial building – and a big decision for owners.
To get the results you want from your new furnace investment, you should put time and energy into scheduling an evaluation, researching available financing options (including HERO) and rebates, and comparing features, prices, and products. If the purchase process is done correctly, your new heating system should lower your energy bills, increase indoor comfort, raise the value of your home, and improve indoor air quality!
This guide from the experts at Action Air Conditioning, Heating & Solar aims to help you through this process and get you the results you want from your new heating system investment.
Get Your Home Evaluated by a Certified HVAC Contractor
Have your home or building evaluated by a trusted HVAC contractor. The size of the living or working space, energy bills, microclimate, and existing duct work determine what type of furnace is best for your needs.
The big question the HVAC contractor should help you answer is which type of furnace and fuel you should use: gas, electric, oil, or dual system.
Most homeowners stick to whatever their homes already had to minimize the labor and costs associated with extra installation of duct work or running electric lines. However, there are several reasons changing the type of fuel system could be more beneficial. This is why an evaluation performed by a trusted HVAC contractor is central to your final decision on which furnace type, model, and size is right for your home.
Installing an oversized furnace is another risk of not having an evaluation prior to purchasing a new heating system. Oversized units are more expensive upfront, cycle on and off more frequently (increasing your energy bills) and make it difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.
Make sure to request a copy of the evaluation, thoroughly analyze it, and have your HVAC contractor answer any questions you may have before accepting their recommendation.
Prioritize Your Home’s Heating Needs
Once a trusted HVAC contractor has evaluated your space, it’s time to explore your options for the new heating system. There are several factors to consider:
- Solar ready
- Energy efficiency / AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency)
- Technology (ex: smart thermostats)
- Zoning / consistent room to room temperature
Compare Furnace Prices & Features
After you have determined what your furnace priorities are, and researched what savings are available to you, it’s time to start shopping.
Make sure you look at several different models and compare prices. The lowest bid that provides all the features you require does not necessarily mean it is best furnace for you.
Energy Star is an Environmental Protection Agency that helps businesses and homeowners protect the environment and save money through superior energy efficiency. An Energy Star endorsement on an AC model can give you peace of mind with your purchase.
Keep in mind that an energy-efficient system will cost more upfront, but it will eventually pay for itself and save you money in the long term on energy bills.
Research Furnace Financing Options
Research all rebate, financing options, tax incentives, and savings opportunities. Rebates and energy incentives are available through your utility company, state and federal government. Here are a few resources to research tax credits, incentives, and rebate options:
- SDG&E Home Rebates
- California Energy Incentives Programs
- Federal Tax Incentives & Rebates
- California Tax Credits, Savings & Rebates
Hire a trusted HVAC contractor to perform the installation of your new AC system. Systems that have been installed incorrectly can lead to a malfunctioning system, expensive repairs, and decreased product life.
Our team at Action AC is here to guide you through purchasing a new AC. Our NATE-certified technicians are experienced and trusted HVAC contractors, and our services are guaranteed to get you on your way to the best energy savings and comfort for your living or working space!