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Heating Equipment

Heating Equipment

You can expect a gas furnace to last, on average, for 20 years. If you're purchasing a new one, it's important to choose a furnace that provides both long-term efficiency and home comfort. Here are some tips:

Invest in the install. With a new HVAC system, a quality installation is critical to performance. Make sure you hire a licensed contractor who is going to address your ductwork and other home needs in addition to replacing equipment. A quality installation will cost more upfront, but will save you in service costs in the long term.

Choose the highest AFUE you can afford. Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) measures the efficiency of your furnace. An 80% AFUE furnace converts 80% of the fuel into heat; the other 20% is lost up the chimney. Most furnaces installed in the past 15 years are around 65% to 70% AFUE. Today's minimum standard is 78% AFUE, but many rebate and tax credit incentives are tied to heating efficiencies above 95% AFUE. It's important to ask your local Broan dealer about the standards in your region, and what state, federal, and local utility incentives are available.

Don't forget comfort. Today's furnaces can provide more home comfort than those from 10-15 years ago. Many of the high-end furnaces contain features that will make your home more enjoyable. Look for two-stage and variable-speed models that run at different output (capacity) levels to reduce noise and provide a better mix of air throughout the home (reducing hot or cold spots). Some extremely efficient furnaces, like the 97% AFUE Broan iQ Drive modulating gas furnace, can vary the output level to provide the quietest and most comfortable indoor temperatures.

Turn on the fan. Your new furnace's thermostat may have a "fan on" setting. If so, consider running the fan year-round. It will continue to move air throughout the home even when the furnace isn't running and is a great way to even out temperatures on multiple levels. For even better temperature control, ask your Broan dealer about zoning.

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