Purchasing a new furnace for your Las Vegas, NV, home is a major financial decision. With many furnace brands and models available on the market, it can be a daunting task to shop for one. Here are four factors to put on your checklist that can help you sift through the options.
1. Climate Conditions
Depending on where in the country you live, some furnace designs are better than others. For Las Vegas homes that experience milder climates and rarely any freezing temperatures, the standard heating efficiency or AFUE is set at 80. Moreover, the furnaces available in Las Vegas and most of the south regions bear a slightly different US South Energy Star seal.
2. Power Source
HVAC companies also categorize furnaces based on power source, namely electricity, oil and natural gas. Gas-fueled furnaces tend to be the more well-rounded option among the three due to their availability and cheaper cost. Gas furnaces are also generally easier to install and maintain than their oil-fueled counterpart.
3. Energy Efficiency
How energy efficient your furnace is dictates how much you spend on utilities each month. As mentioned earlier, gas-operated furnaces are cheaper to run than their electric counterpart yet fall short when it comes to heating efficiency. Electric furnaces tend to lead in this category, with an AFUE rating of up to 100 percent.
The size of a furnace dictates its heating capacity; too small of a furnace and your entire home might not get the heating it needs. Meanwhile, a bigger-than-necessary furnace becomes a big money waster over time since it generates excess heat that your home does not need. Consult with our HVAC technicians to determine the best furnace or heat pump size for your home.
Are you looking for a new heating system or need someone to perform a professional installation? Contact us at Aloha Air Conditioning today to inquire about our heating system installation services or to schedule an emergency repair on your existing furnace.
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