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Schedule Furnace Installation in Birmingham

Published on: December 28, 2012

If you are constantly having problems keeping your Birmingham home warm, you should look into having a new furnace installed. Many people are surprised to discover how affordable a new furnace installation in Birmingham can be. In addition to reasonable installation prices, a new furnace can lower your heating costs dramatically. You will not have to worry about constant heater repairs with a new furnace in your home. 

To help you find the right furnace for your home, here are some of the most common installation options and concerns.

Types of Furnaces and Energy Efficiency

There are several different types of furnaces: natural gas, oil and electric. The most common type of furnace is natural gas because of the low cost of running them. Oil and electric furnaces are less expensive to install, but they cost more to run. It is not always a good idea to go with less expensive equipment because of high long term costs. Saving a few hundred dollars on your furnace installation could end up costing you much more over the lifetime of your furnace.

Long term costs are another reason to consider a more energy efficient furnace. Energy efficiency in furnaces is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings. A furnace that has an AFUE rating of 90 only wastes 10 percent of the energy it uses. Furnaces that have ratings of 90 and above are considered to be very energy efficient. 

AFUE ratings also allow you to calculate the costs of running new furnaces and compare them. If you do not run your heater very often, it may make sense to buy a less expensive furnace that is less efficient. The more energy you use to run your furnace, the more important efficiency is.

Heating Capacity

Another essential part of choosing furnace installation equipment is ensuring your new furnace is powerful enough to meet the needs of your household. Your home has a heating load, which is the amount of power required to keep it warm. You need a furnace that has a heating capacity that meets or exceeds your home’s heating load. Furnaces with smaller capacities are less expensive, but you do not want an under-powered furnace. If your furnace isn’t powerful enough, it will run all of the time and still not keep your home comfortable. This will raise your heating costs and reduce the lifespan of your furnace.

You do have the ability to purchase a less expensive furnace if you lower your home’s heating load. Over time, your home may  develop gaps in doors and windows and the ductwork may develop leaks. Additionally, some types of insulation can deteriorate. These issues allow warm air from your furnace to escape your home, increasing the work load on your furnace. If you have a home energy audit, you can have these areas addressed and lower your heating load. This can reduce both your heating equipment and installation costs.

Furnace Installation Features

You have a number of options that can be added to your home during your furnace installation. These will increase your comfort and lower your heating costs. The most common features that people choose are programmable thermostats and HVAC zoning. Programmable thermostats are a low-cost way to reduce your heating bills and increase your furnace’s lifespan. Using a programmable thermostat, you can set your furnace to only run when you are home. Most people are gone for a third of the day, so these savings can add up quickly.

HVAC zoning is another option for your home, and it can benefit your air conditioning system as well. Rooms that are at the end of the ductwork line often do not get as much air as the rest of your home. This means that some areas of your home are never quite warm enough. With HVAC zoning, dampers are put into the ductwork in your home and they control the flow of air through your ducts. This ensures that each area of your home is the same temperature. 

HVAC zoning also allows you to select the areas of your home you want heated. If you have areas in your home that are rarely used, such as guest rooms, there is no point in heating them all of the time. Dampers can be set to block the heat from areas of your home that do not get much use. When someone does use the room, dampers can be adjusted accordingly.