January is finally here and while we may not be experiencing the extreme temperature that other parts of the country are, we certainly have seen a drop in the typical warmth we see here in Tampa. If you have been experiencing issues with your furnace during the first parts of winter, you may be trying to put off purchasing a new furnace because you aren’t sure what it is going to cost you. As the HVAC experts, we know the ins and outs of purchasing a replacement furnace. Find out everything you need to know below.
What Is Your Energy Source?
The first thing you need to think about is where the energy for your furnace is coming from. For the most part, furnaces are powered by gas. This will mean you will be paying somewhere between $2,000-$5,000. These prices vary based on size and efficiency. On the other hand, a home that is all electric will require that you have a heat pump-air handler combination system. In case you are not aware, the heat pump-air handler is a system outside of your home that functions much like your A/C system does in the summer. The only difference is that it reverses and is the source of heat rather than the source of air. Heat systems of this kind tend to be much more expensive than the alternative, costing anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000.
Are Your Furnace Options Efficient?
Furnaces that are equipped with AFUE (annual fuel unit efficiency) are more efficient, but they will also end up costing you more upfront. The more you use the furnace, the more it will render a return on this investment, which means you will end up spending less in the long run as the operating costs are less.
Additionally, something else to think about is how furnace efficiency is rated. In case you are not aware, this is done in percentages. For example, when a system is rated at 75 percent, this means that 25 percent of the heat being generated is lost through the flue. The good news? The majority of modern models have a rating of 90 percent or more, with the very best reaching 98 percent.
How Large Is Your Furnace?
Most people are not aware that gas furnaces have a heat output that is measured in BTUs, also known as British Thermal Units. When a unit has a high BTU rating, they are likely not needed for homes that are relatively small. This is because they can hit the temperature you desire too quickly and then they will shut off. Due to this inconsistency, your energy bill could skyrocket significantly. This means you should consult with a local HVAC company to ensure that you are about to purchase a furnace that has a BTU that will work well in your home before you decide which type of furnace you want to buy.
What Is Installation Going To Cost?
While we wish we could give you a solid answer as to what a new furnace will cost you, there are many factors that will determine this. For example, prices will vary because of the the brand of furnace you choose to purchase as well as the HVAC contractor you choose to hire. For the most part, having a new furnace installed will take the majority of a day for a HVAC professional. It is also fairly common for labor to cost about half the total price of the installation. There is also the chance that your HVAC contactor will find that you need to have your ductwork repaired, which will up the price of your overall installation.
Choosing A Furnace
As you can probably tell by now, there are plenty of things you have to take into consideration. Below you can find the things that are most important and why they matter not only for your home but also for your dealings with your HVAC contractor.
Think About The Brand
Plain and simple, the brand you choose is entirely up to you and your budget. Your best bet is going to be asking a professional, if we’re being completely honest. After all, when we know your situation better, we can recommend to you which furnace we believe will be best for your individual situation. Common sense plays a big role here as well, however, The high-end brands are going to be much more expensive than the other brands. On the other hand, they will render much better long-term results.
Think About The Features
Since we live in Florida and our winters are by no means extreme, there is really no need to purchase a furnace that comes with a number of extravagant features. Most furnaces come with exactly what you need if all you are trying to do is heat your home.
Think About Where Your Furnace Is Located
You should also know that if your furnace is located in a place in your home that is not easily accessible, it is likely that installation time will be longer. This will ensure that the price of installation will be higher than if it was in a place that could be reached quickly.
Think About Who Your HVAC Contractor Is
Not all HVAC contractors charge the same amount for their services. This is why it is important that you do your research ahead of time before you hire a professional to install your new furnace. When you call around to your local HVAC providers, they can give you a rough estimate regarding how much your installation will cost. Additionally, they can answer any questions you may have about installation in general or about their installation practices specifically.
Hire Momentum AC Today
If you live in Tampa and you are in the market for a new furnace this winter, it’s time to contact the most trusted name in HVAC, Momentum AC. Our staff can give you all of the information you need. From which furnace you should purchase to how much it will cost to have it installed in your home, we have you covered. Call right now and get the ball rolling with help of your Tampa HVAC contractors.