Winter is a time when many people rely on their furnaces to keep their homes warm and comfortable. As temperatures drop, having a properly working furnace becomes more than just a luxury—it becomes essential.
However, furnaces don’t last forever; eventually, even the most reliable furnace will need to be replaced. Whether due to age, wear and tear, or simply because it can no longer keep up with your heating needs, a furnace replacement is inevitable in home ownership.
But with so many options on the market, choosing the right one for your home can be overwhelming. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to choose the right furnace replacement, including the benefits of EC motors and other factors.
How To Choose the Right Furnace Replacement: EC Motors and Other Factors To Consider
Knowing when to replace your furnace can be tricky, but there are some telltale signs to watch for, such as a furnace over 15 years old, higher energy bills, reduced warmth, and more dust around the house.
If you’ve decided it’s time for a new furnace, consider an electronically commuted motor (EC motor). An EC motor is more energy-efficient than a conventional permanent split-capacitor motor (PSC) because it operates at variable speeds and is programmable, providing better airflow and heating a home more efficiently.
When shopping for a furnace replacement, there are several other factors to consider, such as:
- Fuel types: include natural gas, propane, and oil, while
- Size: important to ensure the furnace can handle the heating demands of your home
- Energy efficiency: measured by the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating, which should be over 90% for the most energy-efficient models.
When choosing a furnace replacement, choose a reputable HVAC company to help you make an informed decision. All Year Air & Heating is an excellent option, offering professional assistance on furnace repair, service, and installations.
Introducing All Year’s Home Performance Program
All Year’s Home Performance page is a valuable resource for homeowners looking to enhance their homes’ energy efficiency, comfort, and sustainability. Our comprehensive approach offers a complete solution to improve your home’s performance while reducing environmental impact.
Specifically, the Heating and Air Cooling section features a detailed guide to the ENERGY STAR program, an initiative provided by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and its certified contractors. Our program starts with a thorough Home Performance Assessment, where we interview to understand your concerns about your home’s performance and recommend a personalized solution.
Our certified contractors often recommend the following measures to improve your home’s performance:
- sealing air leaks and adding insulation, particularly in the attic, basement, and crawlspace
- replacing your heating and cooling system with ENERGY STAR models that can save up to 10% on your annual utility bills
- sealing and insulating your ducts to improve your home’s comfort and energy efficiency
Upgrade to an Energy-efficient Home
Lighting and appliances account for nearly half of your utility bill, and by installing energy-efficient models with the ENERGY STAR label, you can save significant energy and money. The ENERGY STAR program offers various rebate packages and financing options tailored to your schedule and budget.
By upgrading your home to an energy-efficient whole-house approach with Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, you can enjoy numerous benefits, such as lower energy bills, improved comfort and durability of your home, and contributing towards a greener future.
Final Word on Furnace Replacement
It’’s crucial to know when to replace your furnace to avoid long-term damages, unnecessary repairs, and higher energy bills. An EC motor can provide several advantages in terms of energy efficiency, airflow, and heating capabilities. But don’t forget to consider fuel type, size, and AFUE rating when choosing a replacement furnace.
Choose a reliable HVAC company like All Year Air & Heating to help you make the right decision for your home. We offer furnace repairs, tune-ups, and installations to make sure that your heating system is in shipshape, which can lower your energy cost. To learn more about our services, call our team at (916) 922-7796 or send a message here.