When Should You Replace Your Furnace

 

Replacing your furnace is a great opportunity to increase your energy efficiency and comfort levels. Many times our technicians will ask how long it will take to install a new furnace. As long as your existing ductwork is intact and works correctly, it normally takes less than a day to replace an outdated furnace. However, there are decisions to be made before installation that can and should take some time.

Factors to Consider Before Installation

Combustion furnaces have an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years, so it’s important to make sure that you install a furnace that fits your needs and your home perfectly:

Size

Your home has specific heating needs, and these needs won’t be met if you install a system that is either too big or too small for your home. So how do properly size your furnace? By working with a trained professional on a heat load calculation. This calculation is comprised of things like:

  • Your home’s orientation
  • Levels of insulation
  • Floor plan
  • Number of occupants
  • Number and type of windows and doors
  • Square footage
  • Once the heat load calculation is done, you’ll know exactly what size furnace you’ll need to comfortable heat your home.

Type of Furnace

There are 2 main types of furnaces: electric and combustion. Combustion furnaces commonly use natural gas, but they can also use propane and oil. Electric furnaces can be good choices for homes that do not have immediate access to fossil fuels, or that don’t want to use a combustion system.

Energy Efficiency

Furnaces have become very energy efficient. The best way to check a furnace’s efficiency is to review its AFUE rating. The AFUE rating stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency, and it measures a furnace’s efficiency in converting fuel to energy. The higher AFUE rating, the greater energy efficiency of the furnace.

The installation of your furnace should be the last step of a process conducted with a trained expert. Taking these steps helps ensure that you’ll install a new furnace that will heat your home as you need it to for years to come. Visit ComfortAir today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts!

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Choosing the Right HVAC for Your New Home Build or Remodel

Several factors come into play when choosing the right HVAC system for your new home build or remodel. As every home has unique requirements depending on its size and usage, you will want to consider all the angles to make sure you are making the right choice.

Size

You will keep comfort levels high and energy costs low by installing the right size HVAC system. For example, if you install a system that is too large for your home, the unit will constantly be cycling on and off in order to adjust air quality, which would put undue strain on the system and could lead to more repairs. Our team of experts can take accurate measurements of your home and recommend the correct size to ensure maximum efficiency.

Comfort Level

If it’s important to keep your loved ones comfortable in any type of weather, then installing a system that includes cooling as well as heating functions could be your best bet. Here in the Pacific Northwest, temperatures get pretty hot in the summer months, and if you have pets or sensitive family members like children or the elderly, then having the ability to cool off the house when necessary could be a great option.

Price

The cost of installing an HVAC system depends on several things including how big your home is, whether you plan on utilizing technologies like zoning and programmable thermostats, whether you want a combination air conditioner plus furnace, and if you need ductwork replacement or installation.

Technology

Comfort Air offers Trane ComfortLink Zoning systems that allow for consistent temperature settings based on your preferences for each individual room in your home. We also offer home automation that allows you to remotely control your HVAC system while you are on the go. If you require modern convenience with reliable technology, we have you covered.

Our experts can tailor recommendations for which system would be best for your home depending on these factors. If you would like a consultation on choosing the right HVAC for your new home build or remodel, or if you have any questions on the products we offer, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!

Portland Metro Area’s Most Trusted HVAC Company

Since 1983, Comfort Air has been the premier name for commercial and residential HVAC Services in the Vancouver, WA and Portland Metro Areas. From repairs and maintenance to installations and system design, Comfort Air consistently delivers quality, dependable HVAC support you can trust.

Our techs are trained and experienced in both the latest HVAC systems and decades-old legacy systems. No matter what type of equipment you have, we’ve worked on it before.

As an industry leader, Comfort Air strives to consistently improve service capabilities, provide innovative ways to control temperature and humidity, and follow environmentally safe practices. Our years of experience allow us to deliver dependable and responsible recommendations when you’re facing a repair-or-replace decision on your HVAC system.

Comfort Air offers maintenance agreements that are specifically designed to ensure peak operating efficiency and minimize equipment downtime. We work hard to deliver the best quality installation and servicing of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. This commitment to quality and customer satisfaction has ensured our excellent reputation in the Portland metro HVAC industry.

One of our latest product offerings can greatly improve your air quality. Air Scrubber Plus® is a revolutionary new system designed to help eliminate indoor air quality risks by reducing air pollutants, VOCs (chemical odors), cigarette smoke, dust, pollen, mold, odor-causing bacteria and odors caused by pets and cooking. Installation can be completed by one of our NATE Certified Service Technicians during a regular maintenance call.

If you’re looking for a local HVAC company in the Portland Metro area, Contact us today at 360-891-2665.

We’ve been installing the best and servicing the rest since 1983.