A little information can go a long way in allaying any anxiety about furnace replacement. So before you’re mired knee-deep in Energy Star ratings, air flow measurements and cubic feet, here are a few things to remember as you look for a furnace.
Winters in the Northeast can be very cold, and frozen temperatures sometimes lead to frozen pipes. Luckily, most homes in the Northeast are built with pipes on the interior, so they seldom get cold enough to freeze. However, pipes in all buildings can freeze during extreme, extended cold spells or when you go on vacation and allow your home temperature to drop below freezing. When pipes freeze, the water in them expands and causes serious damage as pressure backs up and pipes burst.
Conventional wisdom holds that it’s probably not a good idea for consumers to pay for service contracts on small appliances and gadgets, the thought being that they will probably never need them. But when it comes to big-ticket items like your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, purchasing a service contract is often a prudent choice. Call it an insurance policy – or paying a small fee now to avert a much more expensive outlay of cash later.
If you’re in the market for a new furnace, there are several factors, AFUE ratings foremost among them, that you’ll want to keep in mind. First of all, AFUE, or “annual fuel utilization efficiency,” measures how well a furnace converts energy into actual heat. The higher the AFUE rating, the more energy is being successfully converted. So a furnace with 90 percent AFUE only loses a 10th of its energy up the chimney or flue.
With today's rising energy costs, it's more important than ever to find ways to reduce your energy usage. Here are four simple tips you can use to boost the efficiency of the HVAC system in your Connecticut home: Schedule Regular…