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5 Furnace Facts to Help You Save Money

Blue Flames of Minneapolis Furnace When deciding to buy a new home heating system, homeowners are faced with a number of questions. Below we’ve assembled a list of the most frequently asked furnace questions and provided the answers for you.

1.  How do I pick the right fuel source?

A Minneapolis furnace is most likely going to be using natural gas or propane. These energy sources are more economical than electricity in northern climates where home heating is required a good portion of the year.

2. How do I choose the right furnace system?

The best way to be certain you buy a properly sized unit is to calculate your home’s heating requirements. A reputable furnace dealer will provide a load calculation for your home. You could do this yourself, but it’s time consuming and requires that you know the various insulation levels of each part of your home.

You also need to consider air filtration and flow, especially if you or a family member suffers from allergies. You’ll want to weigh budget parameters and energy efficiency. For example, will the monthly savings over time offset the cost of the new unit or energy-saving option you’re considering?

3.  How long should my furnace last?

If you have a qualified technician perform regular preventative maintenance and service suggested for your unit, industry averages suggest that a gas furnace should last long as 20-25 years.

4. How often does my duct work need to be cleaned?

While there are EPA guidelines on frequency of cleaning, a qualified technician can help you determine a maintenance schedule based on your families’ health concerns, surrounding environment, pet dander and/or interior remodeling projects.

5.  Should I change my indoor coil?

When replacing your heat pump, the answer is most likely yes. The efficiency ratings that are advertised for a home heating system are based on the performance as part of a matched system. If only the outdoor portion is changed, the efficiency and savings could be less than that of a matched system.

Energy Efficiency & Regular Maintenance Saves You More

With the purchase of any mechanical device, the actual efficiency of your gas furnace depends on how it’s operated and maintained. An oversized unit will waste energy by cycling on and off too often and only blowing heat up the flue. An undersized furnace may not provide enough heat for comfort during very cold weather.

Properly matching the size of the furnace to the heat load of your home ensures that your furnace is operating at peak efficiency (saving you money) and you won’t pay for a larger unit than you need (saving you money).

If you need service on your heating or air conditioning system, call Welter Heating and Air Conditioning 612-825-6867 for service or installation.

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One comment on “5 Furnace Facts to Help You Save Money
  1. John Paul says:

    A good article about facts that one can use to lower their heating costs.

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5 Furnace Facts to Help You Save Money

Blue Flames of Minneapolis Furnace When deciding to buy a new home heating system, homeowners are faced with a number of questions. Below we’ve assembled a list of the most frequently asked furnace questions and provided the answers for you.

1.  How do I pick the right fuel source?

A Minneapolis furnace is most likely going to be using natural gas or propane. These energy sources are more economical than electricity in northern climates where home heating is required a good portion of the year.

2. How do I choose the right furnace system?

The best way to be certain you buy a properly sized unit is to calculate your home’s heating requirements. A reputable furnace dealer will provide a load calculation for your home. You could do this yourself, but it’s time consuming and requires that you know the various insulation levels of each part of your home.

You also need to consider air filtration and flow, especially if you or a family member suffers from allergies. You’ll want to weigh budget parameters and energy efficiency. For example, will the monthly savings over time offset the cost of the new unit or energy-saving option you’re considering?

3.  How long should my furnace last?

If you have a qualified technician perform regular preventative maintenance and service suggested for your unit, industry averages suggest that a gas furnace should last long as 20-25 years.

4. How often does my duct work need to be cleaned?

While there are EPA guidelines on frequency of cleaning, a qualified technician can help you determine a maintenance schedule based on your families’ health concerns, surrounding environment, pet dander and/or interior remodeling projects.

5.  Should I change my indoor coil?

When replacing your heat pump, the answer is most likely yes. The efficiency ratings that are advertised for a home heating system are based on the performance as part of a matched system. If only the outdoor portion is changed, the efficiency and savings could be less than that of a matched system.

Energy Efficiency & Regular Maintenance Saves You More

With the purchase of any mechanical device, the actual efficiency of your gas furnace depends on how it’s operated and maintained. An oversized unit will waste energy by cycling on and off too often and only blowing heat up the flue. An undersized furnace may not provide enough heat for comfort during very cold weather.

Properly matching the size of the furnace to the heat load of your home ensures that your furnace is operating at peak efficiency (saving you money) and you won’t pay for a larger unit than you need (saving you money).

If you need service on your heating or air conditioning system, call Welter Heating and Air Conditioning 612-825-6867 for service or installation.

Sign up for regular “Welter My Shelter” heating and air conditioning tips.

One comment on “5 Furnace Facts to Help You Save Money
  1. John Paul says:

    A good article about facts that one can use to lower their heating costs.

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