Replacing your furnace is mostly a straightforward process. It’s even easier when you’re working with an expert in heating in Riverside, CA. A good contractor will ensure that your replacement goes off without a hitch.
However, you might want to slow down a bit when it comes to replacing your furnace. We have a few bits of advice that not every HVAC contractor will remember to mention. This advice won’t do you any good after you’ve replaced your furnace, so hold off on getting that replacement until you’ve considered these options!
Trading in Your Old Furnace
You don’t just have to send your old furnace to the scrap heap. You could if you really wanted to, and you might even get a few pennies for each pound of scrap metal. The time it takes to load it all in the truck, drive it over to the junkyard, and the gas you’ll burn in the process … We really can’t recommend it.
Instead, you can trade in your clunker and put it toward a new installation. We’ll pack up your old furnace and whisk it away just before installing your brand-new one. You can get in touch with us to see if your system qualifies for our trade-in program.
Considering AFUE Ratings
This one might seem obvious, but we want to reinforce the importance of upgrading to a furnace that’s going to improve your energy efficiency.
The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating is a measurement of how efficiently your furnace uses its fuel. A furnace with an AFUE rating of 80% means that 80% of the fuel burnt will go toward heating your home. The rest of is wasted as heat exhaust.
Chances are that simply upgrading your old furnace will most likely give you a better AFUE rating, but it’s not something you just want to assume. Knowing your old furnace’s AFUE rating will help inform you of what options are available. You might discover that investing a little more in a higher efficiency rating—instead of just going for what would be sufficient—could pay off big in the long-run.
Ensuring the New Unit Is Sized Properly
It might seem pointless to bring it up—your house hasn’t changed size, so why would you need to take the time to have your new furnace resized?
In truth, many other factors go into sizing a furnace than house size. Undersizing or oversizing a furnace will have big consequences—it usually ends with you having to replace it with another furnace entirely. Any HVAC contractor insisting you don’t need load calculations performed isn’t performing the replacement with your best interests in mind.
Some factors that can affect the sizing of your furnace include:
- Any insulation or duct sealing work will have made your home better at retaining heat, thus requiring a less powerful furnace.
- A furnace with a higher AFUE rating will need to be sized differently.
- Ductwork that has been resized or redesigned will also change the output requirements of the new furnace.