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With winter here, heating bills are on the rise and for anyone looking to lower their costs, one of the places to look is at the furnace.
The pros at North America’s largest privately owned manufacturer of quality heating and cooling equipment (including their fireplaces and barbecues), Napoleon Home Comfort suggests five tips when shopping for a new furnace:
1. Size matters
One of the most important factors when buying a furnace is to have a professional installer examine the size of the house and then determine the size of the furnace necessary for the space.
A furnace that is too large leaves gaps in temperature as it turns on until it overwhelms the thermostat. The house ends up cooling down until the next cycle and creates an inconsistent temperature. A furnace that is the right size for the space, however, will be able to better regulate a constant temperature.
2. Emissions count
Being energy and environmentally conscious does not have to stop at the furnace. With hybrid furnaces, such as Napoleon’s HYBRID 150, the fuel comes from three different sources – wood, oil or electric. This furnace is one of the cleanest and most efficient combination solid fuel-burning furnaces on the market today.
The furnace switches from wood to oil or electric automatically and if the furnace runs out of wood a second thermostat will keep the house nice and toasty even if you are not at home.
3. Don’t buy on price alone
Always be sure to ask a professional installer, contractor or reputable salesperson about annual operating costs for whatever furnaces you may be looking at. While there are a variety of factors to consider, price should not necessarily be number one. Efficiencies, however, can vary drastically depending on price, which means that if you pay more up front now, you’ll still enjoy lower heating bills 10 or 15 years later.
3. Get the right documentation
Any reputable installer or manufacturer will be sure to not only include the purchase agreement and warranty information but also explain exactly what you are getting. If you feel confused or unsure about anything don’t be afraid to ask.
5. Install it and maintain it correctly
Furnace installation should be done by a trained professional as not only can it be a safety hazard but if anything is off it can severely impact your efficiency and therefore your heating bill. Regular maintenance, generally in the fall, will keep the furnace performing like it should, keeping your family warm and your wallet a little fuller.
Napoleon Fireplaces are manufactured in Barrie, Ontario.
24 Napoleon Rd., Hwy. 11 & 93, Barrie