These days, home owners search for all the value they can find in every household purchase they make. You’re probably no different. So when the time comes to replace a furnace in an existing central heating system, or to install a totally new system, you want equipment that minimizes costs and delivers dependable comfort for your family – season after season. Here’s a look at some things to consider.
What do Good Furnaces Have in Common?
The best furnaces are efficient. They keep a home warm and comfortable. They provide steady, dependable performance year after year. And they are quiet, long-lasting and low in service frequency and cost.
How Is Efficiency Measured?
The overall heating efficiency of your furnace is based on the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of your unit. The AFUE measures the amount of heat actually delivered to your house compared to the amount of fuel that you must supply to the furnace – the higher the rating, the more efficient the unit.
Are some furnaces better than others?
Definitely. Features to look for include heat exchangers that resist corrosion, direct-drive blower units, induced draft blowers, pressure switches, and an insulated blower compartment, which helps minimize operating noise.
You also should ask your contractor if the manufacturer of the brand you’re considering quality-checks and tests every unit before it leaves the plant.
And be sure to check out the terms of the Limited Warranty. Quality manufacturers put a convincing warranty behind their work. Rheem furnaces, which include all the features described here, offer one of the very best. Even the primary and secondary heat exchangers in the Rheem 90 Plus® are protected by a Limited Lifetime Heat Exchanger Warranty.
What should I look for in a contractor?
Dependability. Look for a contractor you see in your community. You want one who’s close by to provide you faster, more convenient service. Stadtler Heating & Cooling is family owned and operated and has been servicing the Downers Grove and Westmont areas for four generations.