When it comes to putting in a new forced air furnace, don't simply settle for the same type you have always had. The right furnace can save money and make your home more comfortable.
1. Fuel Source
Forced air furnaces are generally powered by electricity, natural gas, or oil. The least costly option when installing a new heater is usually to stick with the same type of fuel that was used by your previous furnace, but there are reasons to consider changing the fuel type.
If energy efficiency is a concern, then switching to a natural gas furnace may be a better option as gas is a more efficient, and thus less costly, option compared to electricity when looking at the long run. Many people with oil furnaces also opt to switch to gas or electricity. This is mainly so they are not beholden to fluctuations in the cost of oil. Further, with electricity or gas, there is no need to schedule oil deliveries or be concerned about weather delays in receiving your furnace fuel.
2. System Ventilation
A ventilation update is a must if you are switching from electric to natural gas. Electric furnaces only need ventilation for air circulation. A gas or oil furnace requires good ventilation so byproducts from combustion, such as carbon monoxide, don't collect in the home. Depending on the capabilities of your current system, you may need to upgrade a passive vent to a fan-powered vent for the sake of safety.
There is also the issue with the air return vents in your home. Most houses are only equipped with one vent, which can lead to a lot of stress and reduced airflow into the system. Consider installing a second vent. It may help prolong the life while also improving the function of your new furnace.
3. Air Quality
Does the air in your home seem stale or overly dry during the winter months? Your furnace options at installation can help improve winter air quality in your home. First and foremost, choose a furnace that can use high-quality, small pore filters, such as HEPA filters or filters with high MERV ratings. It's also possible to have additional air filters and purifiers installed inline with your furnace vent intake.
If dry air is an issue, the solution is to install a humidifier on your furnace blower vent. This device will add small amounts of moisture to the air, raising the humidity in your home slightly so you won't have dry air issues anymore.
Contact a furnace installation service for more help.