There are a number of variables to consider when you’re calculating the costs of a furnace installation. You want to look at:
- the type of furnace that would be best for your specific needs
- the furnace efficiency
- the furnace capacity
- costs that will be necessary for a quality installation
- extra charges for items like permits or inspections if required by law
Furnaces are not a one-size fits all appliance. As a result, numerous types of furnaces exist, based primarily on how they are fueled. Gas and electric furnaces may require less upfront investment, while green options like solar or geothermal heating are more expensive upfront and less expensive to operate in the long run. Look at the kind of furnace you currently have to get an idea of what you’ve already been experiencing.
- electric furnace
- gas furnace
- oil furnace
- heat pump
- solar heating
The capacity of a furnace to put out heat is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs). The highest capacity furnace may or may not be your best choice. Capacity is not the same as efficiency.
Efficiency is a measure of how well a furnace uses fuel. The government gives the highest rated appliances an Energy Star rating indicating they use fuel most efficiently.
As you calculate the costs of a furnace installation, do some math to determine if the energy savings each month would pay off the extra cost. If it would take ten or more years to break even, it might not be worth the extra expense.
Installation costs will vary depending on your home and the type of furnace you choose. If your ductwork needs to be altered in any way, there will be additional costs associated with that work.
For the best cost estimate, contact the HVAC professionals at Amarillo Air Conditioning for a consultation specific to your home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in + about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about furnace installation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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