If you’re experiencing significant furnace issues, it may be time to consider a new furnace installation, especially if your current furnace is more than 15 years old and in poor condition. But before you make the decision on this serious home comfort investment, here are three important points to consider.
Size of the New Furnace
If the furnace is too small, it won’t keep your home warm, and if it’s too large, it will cycle frequently, causing home temperatures to fluctuate. Older furnaces were often oversized, leading to higher operating costs.
If you have improved your home with various weatherizing tasks like upgrading windows and doors, improving insulation and reducing air leakage in your home, you’ll likely be able to install a smaller furnace that fits your heating needs.
The first step is to arrange for the heat load in your home to be calculated using the Manual J method. This is important and will save you a lot of money, so make sure your contractor can perform the calculation.
Furnace technology has improved and there are many efficient models available. Although they’re more expensive upfront, they use less fuel which will result in lower utility costs. When looking for a new furnace, pay attention to the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating, which reflects the amount of heat generated by the equipment compared to the amount of fuel used to create the heat.
Find out what fuels are available in your area and check their costs, as it’s quite possible that the fuel your old furnace used is more expensive than newer alternatives. You may be able to make further savings by choosing the right fuel.
For assistance calculating the size of a new furnace, estimating running costs, choosing alternative fuels and professionally installing your new furnace, contact the pros at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’ve proudly served homeowners throughout the greater Cincinnati area with their HVAC and plumbing needs since 1910.
"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.