If you’re looking at upgrading a heating system in your home, you may be worried about the budget constraints. You can go for quality, however, even on a budget if you take advantage of the multiple ways to get the most out of your investment.
- Utilize tax credits: By investing in a furnace or heat pump with a high enough efficiency rating, you can qualify for valuable tax credits. If you choose a natural gas furnace, look for an annual fuel utilization efficiency, or AFUE, rating of 95 percent or higher. An oil furnace must be rated at 90 AFUE or higher to qualify.Split system heat pumps must have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating of 15, an energy efficiency ratio (EER) of 12.5, and a heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) of 8.5 or greater. The ratings required for a package system are 14 SEER, 12 EER and 8 HSPF or greater to qualify for tax credits.
- Size the system: Most heating systems in the past have been oversized, which wastes money during operation. If you take the time to properly size your system, you can save money, increase the system’s lifespan and feel more comfortable all season long. Since Arizona has mild winters, your furnace should be sized smaller than it would be in a home of the equivalent size and orientation in a colder state. You know your furnace is sized right if it runs for less than 10 minutes a couple of times per hour during cold weather.
- Choose a reputable contractor: The contractor who performs the installation after upgrading a heating system makes a huge difference in how efficiently the system will run. By choosing a knowledgeable technician, you increase the chances of getting the best price on the system and the most dependable installation. Poor installation is a large contributor of inefficient system operation and early mechanical failure.
For more information about upgrading a heating system on a budget without sacrificing the quality of the replacement, please contact Wolff Mechanical. We serve homes in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area.