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How to Choose the Perfect Furnace for Your Home

Furnace installation’s in Naperville are no laughing matter. Our winters are uniformly cold, and without reliable heating, your home is apt to turn into an icebox very quickly. A good furnace starts with the initial installation, which needs to be performed by professional technicians with a track record of reliable service. Beyond that, it’s a question of picking the furnace that is best suited to your conditions. Here’s how to choose the perfect furnace for your home.

It starts with size, and by that we mean the furnace’s power capacity rather than its physical size. Generally speaking, a furnace needs to generate about 50 BTUs (British Thermal Units) of energy for every square foot of your home. That number can be modified depending on how much insulation you have as well as factors such as a lot of sunlight exposure. Sizing is vital to an effective furnace. If it’s too small, it won’t heat your home, and if it’s too large, it will cycle on and off too quickly throughout the day, costing you energy in the process.

Once you have the size nailed down, it’s time to look at efficiency. Furnaces measure their efficiency as a percentage, known as the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. The higher the rating, the greater percentage of the furnace’s generated energy actually goes into heating, instead of being lost to waste and inefficiency. The higher the rating, the more the furnace will save you money. (You can cheat by looking for furnaces with the EnergyStar label, denoting a furnace with an AFUE of 95% or higher.)

Finally, you should examine your furnace’s capacity for upgrades and extra features. For example, some systems allow for the use of zone control systems, which divide your home into individual sections which you can warm separately.

For help on how to choose the perfect furnace for your home, the experts at DuAll Heating & Cooling are ready to help. We work throughout south Chicago suburbs like Naperville, furnace installation is a snap for us, and we won’t rest until you are completely satisfied with our work. Call us to make an appointment today!

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