What to Look for When Shopping for a New Furnace - Heating Specialties - South NJ

What to Look for When Shopping for a New Furnace

Woman shopping for a new furnace for her NJ home

With everyone home for the holidays, it’s important to ensure your home stays warm and toasty. If you need a new furnace, Heating Specialties in South Jersey has you covered when shopping around.

Furnace types

While searching for a new furnace, consider what type of furnace will best fit the needs of your home. There are three types of central heating and cooling systems to choose from single-stage, two-stage, or modulating heat.

Single-stage heat is the most commonly known furnace type. It has a one-size flame that is either fully on or fully off. This flame maintains temperature within a few degrees of the thermostat setting. A single-stage heat furnace meets basic heating needs and comfort levels.

A two-stage heat furnace has two flame sizes in one unit to help adjust to changes in temperature. This furnace type keeps your home within one degree of its set temperature. The two-stage heat system provides a steadier heat compared with the “on and off” of a single-stage system, leading to greater comfort in your home.

A furnace with modulating heat keeps your home within two-tenths of a degree of the thermostat’s setting. It can micromanage the flame, adjusting it to provide a constant, even heating. When it comes to providing the maximum comfort level in your home, a modulating heating system is your best option.

Fuel source

Upon choosing a furnace type, you must also decide on a fuel source. There are three main types available: gas, electric, or oil.

Gas furnaces are the most economical way to heat your home when temperatures drop. They run off of natural gas and have low operating costs.

Electric furnaces serve as an alternative to natural gas furnaces; however, they must create original heat from electricity, which although efficient, can be costly.

An oil-heating furnace is a powerful source of heat, but it doesn’t burn as clean as a natural gas furnace and can be more costly to operate.

Installation price and quality

Installation price and quality often get overlooked in the search for a new furnace. Here’s a tip to remember when considering installation options: Choosing to compromise the quality of furnace installation to save money in your wallet can be dangerous. An improperly installed furnace can face a variety of performance issues, which could end up stealing more money out of your pocket in the long run.

Furnace pricing

Although the furnace itself will make up the majority of installation costs, there are a few other factors to consider when budgeting for a new furnace.

Other costs associated with furnace installation include the size of the unit, indoor air quality features, additional fixes to the system, and labor.

Rebate and incentive opportunities

A new furnace is an investment in your home’s comfort. In addition to saving money on your utilities, investing in high-efficiency equipment can offer you benefits such as local utility incentives and rebates, which results in money back in your pocket. Be sure to look into rebate and incentive opportunities that may be available to you. Making sure you purchase the right furnace for your New Jersey home is of the utmost importance. Check out our current promotions to find out whether your new furnace qualifies for any incentives. At Heating Specialties, we have a long history of providing quality and trustworthy HVAC service in Southern New Jersey. Call us at (866) 923-2653 or contact us online to schedule a service appointment today!

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