Complete Buyer’s Guide to a New Furnace

Buying a new furnace is a significant investment in your home or commercial building – and a big decision for owners. Furnace Replacement can be a big investment, so talk with our trusted professionals.

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.

Step 1: 

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.

Step 2:

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:

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

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:

Step 5: 

Furnace Installation

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!

Time to Upgrade Your Business or Home HVAC System

Reports have shown that an estimated 75% of 90 million commercial rooftop HVAC units do not run efficiently.

This is a staggering report as energy costs are a primary concern for both business owners and homeowners. Upgrading your building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems can ensure that your building does not fall within this overwhelming majority. If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, now is a good time to assess whether your system needs to be replaced before the system fails. This also give you the opportunity to research your options on what type of system would be the most efficient for your building and fits within your budget.

With proper maintenance, a building’s HVAC systems can last a long time, but outdoor and rooftop units can be especially vulnerable to damage and neglect. Rooftop units require specific care to guard against damage caused by dust, debris, and weather related events such as hail. A damaged air conditioning unit can increase the cost of operating and maintaining the system and will function less efficiently or even worse fail completely. Routine maintenance on your current system will catch any major damage or wear on your equipment so that you can do necessary replacements before complete system malfunction.

Failure to replace your aging HVAC equipment can also result in loss of temperature control, poor air quality and excessive dust. These things can lead to occupant discomfort and possible health problems for both the workers in a business or the homeowner and their family. A retrofit can sometimes help regain control of the indoor environment and a full upgrade will guarantee that your health won’t be harmed by a decrease in air quality.

Replacing your HVAC system with a new one will also ensure that you are using the most efficient equipment for your space. Older models don’t run as efficiently as the newest technology and with Energy Star equipment, you can save significant money on your utility bills both in the short and long term. Local utility companies often offer rebates for efficient system upgrades to help offset the upfront costs of a full system replacement. These rebates, coupled with long-term decrease in energy consumption, can add up to significant savings.There are many types of HVAC upgrades from which homeowners and business-owners can choose. Contact the professionals at Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar today at 800-400-4152 to discuss the best options for replacing your system!