What to Expect When You Get a New Furnace

What to Expect When You Get a New Furnace

For those who’d like to get a new furnace, there are a few things to expect once it’s up and running.

Heating a home or business can cost a lot of money, so it's easy to understand the desire to get a new furnace. Furnaces are like many other pieces of technology in that more efficient models come to market over time, often for a lower price. Should you decide to buy a new furnace, here a few things you’ll notice or appreciate.

Lower Energy Bills

Saving money on heating costs is one of the most popular reasons individuals purchase a new furnace. In case you're wondering, the other popular reason is that their old furnace broke down and either repairing it is not possible or making the repair costs so much money it makes sense to simply replace it.

As a general rule of thumb, newer furnaces are going to be more energy efficient than older units. Not only do they utilize more advanced technology to achieve this efficiency, but because they are new, they are naturally going to work better.

The amount of lower energy bills will depend on a number of factors, including the price of energy, such as electricity, heating oil, natural gas or propane. Another factor is how often the homeowner or business owner uses the furnace. Finally, the new furnace is efficient compared to the old furnace. The more efficient the new furnace is in relation to the old one will result in a more dramatic drop in energy bills.

The Furnace Will Run About as Often as the Old Furnace

One thing that sometimes surprises new furnace owners is that it'll run about the same amount of time as their old one (assuming their old one was properly sized for the building). Common sense seems to indicate that a more efficient furnace would operate less often. This can be true to a limited extent. However, a furnace that doesn't run for a noticeable amount of time is actually a bad thing. This is because furnaces that shut off quickly after turning on cause increased wear and tear on the HVAC system. It can also result in less even heating within a building. 

To prevent a frequent on and off cycle, furnaces must be the proper size. For the average home, 60,000 BTUs will probably be a good ballpark estimate for how powerful of a furnace to purchase. BTUs are a method of measuring the power of a furnace, with more BTUs resulting in more heating ability. But as we discussed above, more BTUs aren't always better. And too few BTUs will result in a furnace that almost never shuts off.

Besides buying a furnace with the right number of BTUs, new furnaces sometimes can run at multiple levels or stages. In a single stage furnace, the unit is either off or on. In a dual stage unit, during stage one, the furnace may run at less than 100%, such as 65%, with stage two resulting in the furnace operating at 100%. So one way to prevent a frequent on-and-off cycle is simply to run the furnace at 50% or 65%.

If you’re thinking about the steps to get a new furnace and have some questions or want to learn more about what’s available, our team at Atlas Tech Services is here for you. Contact us now by calling (914) 502-2040 or reach out to us online today.

2: If you’d like to get a new furnace, there are several things you can expect, including lower energy bills and more efficient operation.