The quest to find your ideal furnace can be one rife with small perils. What furnace to choose, what brand, the size of the furnace, and even more factors all play a critical role, and it can be easy to find yourself getting frustrated and floundering. But to those of you who want the perfect furnace, we say “You don’t have to do it alone!”
The experts at Total Air & Heat always want to make absolutely certain that you get the best care, the best service, and the best furnace for your Plano home. And in the interest of that, we decided to make a simple furnace buyer’s guide to help out. Follow along and learn, and soon you could have that ideal furnace that you’ve been searching for!
Ready to find the perfect furnace installation for your home in Plano, Texas? Give the experts at Total Air & Heat a call, or contact us online to set an appointment for a consultation!
The Plano Homeowner’s Furnace Guide
Firstly, we’ve got one very important issue to consider. Before we worry about furnace size, accessories, or other important details, you have to decide what furnace fits you best. The two biggest contenders here are gas furnaces and electric furnaces, and we’ll go over some benefits of each to help you suss out your prime pick.
Gas furnaces benefit you with:
- Extremely strong and dependable heating. When a gas furnace kicks on, you feel it. Gas provides exceptionally strong and fast heating of the caliber that can push back even the worst of a winter storm.
- Low cost of fuel. Natural gas is a cheaper fuel source than electricity, meaning once you have your installation set, you’ll enjoy lower overall operation costs.
- Minimal homeowner maintenance. Gas furnaces rarely if ever break down, giving you access to reliable heat.
Electric furnaces benefit you with:
- A low purchase and installation cost. Electric furnaces are, in general, much more budget-friendly upon purchase and are faster and easier to install.
- Reliable access to fuel. Not everyone has access to natural gas, and thus electric is your go-to reliable heating option.
- A considerably longer lifespan. Electric furnaces last on average up to 50 percent longer than a gas furnace, making electric a very smart investment.
Not sure which furnace meets your needs best? Trust the experts at Total Air & Heat to provide the guidance you need by contacting us today!
Sizing Your Furnace
So, when we talk about the size of your furnace, we’re referring to the BTUs (British Thermal Units) it is capable of putting out. Sizing a furnace too big results in short-cycling and bad heating. Size it too small and it will never, ever get the job done.
How a professional sizes your furnace is by taking into account the square footage of all relevant space. Relevant space would mean all rooms that have ductwork that will be used by your furnace, so it may or may not involve your basement or attic.
Put very simply, finding your furnace size is accomplished by adding the square footage of all relevant rooms, and then plugging it into a formula, which you can easily find online. To find out more about sizing a furnace, there are a lot of really good guides out there, so read up!
Contact Total Air & Heat for Furnace Installation in Dallas & Plano
When considering a new or replacement furnace, it’s best to factor in your monthly bills, how old your existing furnace is, and how reliable it is. If it’s obvious your furnace is at the end of its life, save yourself the hassle of paying for continuous repairs and go ahead and get a new furnace—you’ll have to eventually get one anyway, and the sooner you do, the more money you’ll save!