Are you in the market for a new furnace? This can be quite a daunting process! There are many different furnaces to choose from, and the system you select (as well as the contractor you work with for the installation) can have a big impact on your home’s comfort and efficiency levels for years to come. Today we’re going to make the process a little easier by talking about some of the biggest furnace buying mistakes you can make and help you select the perfect heating system for your home!

4 big furnace buying mistakes to avoid when you’re in the market for a new system

  1. Working with a low-cost, low-quality contractor. In many ways, choosing the right contractor is the most important part of buying a new furnace. There are low-quality contractors out there who will try to offer extremely low installation prices just to get your business, only to perform the installation poorly or install a system that isn’t sized right for your home. The mistakes that a bad contractor can make during a furnace installation will end up costing you a whole lot of money in the form of future repair costs and high heating bills. A high-quality contractor like Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning will match your home with the perfect heating system and perform the installation the right way so that your system will operate at its peak efficiency and performance levels.
  2. Focusing on price alone. Another big mistake that some homeowners make is focusing too much on the initial price of the furnace that they choose. Although high-efficiency furnaces cost more up-front than mid-efficiency systems, a furnace with a high AFUE rating will save you money in the long run because it will result in lower monthly heating bills for years to come. We know that the up-front cost of a furnace is important, but it should not be the only factor you consider when choosing a system.
  3. Not thinking about fuel-type. Furnaces can use a variety of different heat sources, including natural gas, electricity, and oil. Unless you install a heat pump, which is a highly-efficient electricity-powered heating system, the most efficient heat source for furnaces is natural gas. If your current furnace is not gas-powered, you should consider replacing it with one that is because natural gas is the least expensive heat source.
  4. Not considering signing up for a maintenance agreement. You will spend good money on your new furnace, so it’s important to take good care of it throughout its operating life. One of the best ways to do that is by signing up for an HVAC maintenance agreement. Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning’s maintenance clubs include annual tune-ups for your furnace, in addition to other great time- and money-saving benefits. Signing up for a maintenance agreement will maximize your investment in your new system and ensure that it runs great for years to come.
  5. If you have any questions about these furnace buying mistakes, or if you’d like a heating system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning, your St. Louis furnace repair and installation company. We service the St. Louis area, including towns like Dardenne Prairie, Des Peres, and Frontenac, MO.

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