Your home has special demands that need to be accounted for when you are buying a new furnace. If you don’t know how to accommodate them, buying new heating equipment can be a difficult process. You want to make sure you get the ideal heating system for your home that will keep you warm without costing an arm and a leg. Use this buyer’s guide to find the right heating system for you. Improve your home’s efficiency. Before you even start looking at furnaces, look at your home for ways you can improve its energy efficiency. If you can make enough improvements, you may be able to purchase a smaller heating system without sacrificing any comfort. With simple strategies like weatherstripping and insulation, you can save money right off the bat. Perform load calculation. When your home is as efficient as you can get it, have an HVAC technician perform a heating load calculation to calculate the amount of energy it needs to stay properly warmed. This will let you know what size furnace will be able to keep your home at an ideal temperature while using the least energy. Understand AFUE. The annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) is the efficiency measure used to compare all heating equipment. It is based on how much fuel is converted to heat compared to how much total fuel is used. Your New Jersey home should have a furnace that is rated at least 90 percent AFUE. Older models may be rated as low as 65 percent and will cost much more money to operate each month. Re-consider retrofits. Using new parts on old systems may be able to boost its overall efficiency but not for long. If you plan on staying in your home for several years, a new system will be more cost-effective. Upgrading the entire heating system will create a more thorough improvement and create more savings. For more advice on choosing the right furnace for your home’s heating demands, contact New Jersey’s Pipe Works Services today. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!