When your home's furnace has been giving you trouble and you feel like you're spending more to repair it than it is worth, you might be thinking about replacing it with a new one. While furnace replacement is a pretty straightforward process, there are some things that you should consider before you buy that new unit. Here's a look at a couple of the things that you need to think about.
Is Your Home Challenging To Heat?
One of the things you should think about before you replace your home's furnace is whether or not there are heating challenges that you're trying to overcome. For example, if your home doesn't disburse heat and air efficiently, you may find that one area of your home doesn't ever seem to get as warm as the rest. When the area near your thermostat heats up quicker than other sections of your home, this is a common problem.
The best way to overcome this is by investing in a zoned heating system. When you're already planning a heating replacement, installing a zoned heating system will only require a little bit of additional work. Zoned heating systems allow you to control the temperature in different sections of the home independently, so you'll be able to counter those cooler areas of your home.
Can You Add A Humidifier?
The air in your home is driest in the winter months when your heating system is running. This can lead to sinus discomfort, static, and a variety of other issues. You can run humidifiers in each room of your home, or you can talk with your heating installation contractor about installing a replacement furnace with a humidifier incorporated into the system.
When you opt for a furnace that includes a humidifier, it eliminates the need to invest in multiple machines and distribute them through your house. You won't have the same demand on your electricity that comes with running multiple machines, but you'll still have the whole-home humidity control benefit.
Do You Need A Larger System?
One of the things that many furnace replacement technicians will do when you call them to install a new furnace is to assess your home's heating demand to ensure that your furnace is the proper size. If you have a furnace that never really seemed to keep up, your heating technician might determine that your home's furnace is too small for its needs. You can opt for a larger size based on the technician's BTU assessment of your property and ease the heating system demand.