To get the most out of your Central Arizona home’s new heating system, you should consider implementing add-ons when installing a furnace. There are several add-ons for furnaces that will improve the performance, safety and efficiency of your entire HVAC system.
- Air filters. Not only do air filters clean your air and improve indoor air quality, they can also improve your furnace efficiency. You can install an advanced filtration system or pleated filters instead of the typical flat-panel filters that most furnaces come with from the factory.
- Programmable thermostat. If you’re serious about saving money on heating and cooling bills, get a programmable thermostat. You will waste less energy by heating and cooling rooms only when you need to.
- Zoning. In order to control how much heating or cooling is delivered to each part of your home, you can install a home zoning system. Divide your home into zones with their own heating or cooling requirements, and then use multiple thermostats for independent temperature control.
- Humidifier. Make sure you get an HVAC contractor to check the humidity in your home before and after you install the new furnace. Often a new furnace will affect the humidity, and you may need to install a whole-house humidifier to moisture to your indoor air. In dry Central Arizona, this isn’t a bad idea for much of the year.
- Chimney liners. An effective option for many homeowners is to install a chimney liner. These provide a perfectly sized flue, which increases your furnace efficiency, and also improves the safety of your system. They aren’t for everyone, however, so ask your HVAC contractor if such an add-on will be useful in your home.
Go through the different options with an HVAC professional to determine which ones will have a significant impact on your home.
To find out which add-ons can benefit your Phoenix area home the next time you’re installing a furnace, please contact Wolff Mechanical and schedule an appointment.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
Image courtesy of Shutterstock