Call Us for Low Cost Furnace Installation in AthensPublished on: December 14, 2012
If you live in the South, you know that winters can sometimes be just as bitter as those in the North. If your current furnace is struggling to keep your home warm, you will definitely want to look into a new furnace installation in Athens. However, while the comfort of your home is a huge part of your decision, you want to ensure that your new furnace meets your budget.
It is important to note that less expensive furnaces will end up costing you more in the long run because they are not as energy efficient as more expensive models. So that you can purchase an energy efficient furnace that will still fall within your budget, we offer a number of ways to help you reduce the upfront cost of a new heating system in your Athens home.
Lower Your Heating Load
The more powerful the furnace that you need for your home, the more expensive your furnace is going to be. This is why reducing your home’s heating load can go a long way to lowering the cost of your new furnace installation. The most effective way to reduce the amount of power required to keep your home comfortable is to ensure that your home is as energy efficient as possible. This means that your home and windows should be properly insulated, that your doors and windows do not have gaps and that the air ducts in your home do not leak or have clogs. This will prevent warm air from escaping your home and being replaced by cold outside air.
To figure out which areas in your home require work or updates, we can complete an energy audit on your home. Using a number of tests, we can pinpoint the areas in your home that are causing more work for your furnace. Not only will this lower your home’s heating load, it can also reduce your energy costs and improve the value of your home.
Look for Energy Saving Tax Credits and Manufacturer’s Discounts
Another way that we can help you cut down the cost of your furnace installation is to find rebates and discounts from major furnace manufacturers and tax credits you may be eligible for. There are a number of well-known furnace manufacturers that offer savings on their furnaces throughout the off season, which is the spring and fall. With mail-in rebates and discounts, you can save hundreds of dollars on the cost of a new furnace.
Energy saving furnaces and green energy initiatives are also eligible for both state and federal tax credits. In addition to the cost of your furnace, they can also be applied to the labor required to install your furnace and any work done to upgrade your home for your furnace installation. These tax credits are a great way to ensure that you can afford a furnace that will reduce your heating costs. We can help ensure that you purchase equipment that meets government guidelines for these credits.
Compare The Energy Efficiency of Furnaces
When you are looking at different furnaces, it can be difficult to tell how efficient they are, especially when you are looking at different features and heating capacities. However, by checking the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings of furnaces, you can compare different equipment with ease. The AFUE rating is a standardized rating for furnaces, and it is based on a percentage of energy efficiency. This means that the higher the AFUE rating of a furnace is, the more savings it can provide on your heating costs. Highly efficient furnaces have ratings between 90 and 98.
By looking at the AFUE ratings, you can calculate the cost of running a furnace over the course of a year. If you are able to determine the rating of your current furnace, you can also see how much money that you will be able to save with your new equipment. AFUE ratings are also important in determining if your new furnace is eligible for a federal or state tax credit. We can help you go over the regulations for what qualifies a furnace for a tax credit and how it will affect your final installation cost. Sometimes it is worth spending a little bit more money on a furnace to ensure that you are able to take advantage of a tax credit.