Four Questions to Ask Before Buying a Furnace - Ernst Heating & Cooling
Fall in love with your home - Furnace questions

Fall is upon us, and it’s time to fall in love with your home again. You can’t do that with a faulty furnace. Don’t let the falling temperatures leave you with a chill in your home’s air. A typical furnace lasts about 15 to 20 years. Check out our four questions to ask before buying a furnace. Are you too frightened to read on? Reach out now to schedule a visit.

What is the best heating solution for my home?

Gas furnaces generate heat by burning gas or propane, while electric furnaces blow air over a heating element to keep your home cozy. Ernst Heating & Cooling installs Lennox furnaces due to their durability, reliability, and efficiency.

Geothermal heating and cooling install equipment underground, where the temperature ranges between 40 and 60°F all year round. In the winter, your heat pump collects heat trapped in the earth and uses it to heat your home. That same system removes heat in the summer and cools it before sending it back into the home.

A boiler system can often be found in older homes, and this system has fewer moving parts and uses heated water to move through pipes to radiators, radiating heat.

A heat pump transfers heat from outside into your home. It absorbs energy from outside air, even in cold temperatures, and moves it into your home. It does not rely on natural gas and may reduce greenhouse gases released into the environment.

Do all these options sound overwhelming? Your Ernst Heating & Cooling technician can guide you to the right decision.

What size system do I need?

Size matters when it comes to your furnace. Buy a furnace that’s too small, and you’ll be shivering in certain parts of your home. Buy one that’s too big, and you’re paying more than you need to. Your friends at Ernst Heating & Cooling will do the math to help you determine what size furnace you need. We’ll take your home’s square footage, determine the base BTU, and even consider high ceilings to help you decide which furnace will best serve your home.

What accessories should I consider?

You may want to consider a whole-house humidifier to add a little moisture to the air during the dry winter months and cut down on dry skin, nose bleeds, or other dry-air ailments. Also, an air-filtration system can keep your family comfortable by capturing airborne pollutants that aggravate allergies.

This may be the right time to consider a programmable thermostat, which allows you to set different temperatures for different times of the day. We even have thermostats you can connect to your smartphone!

Should I sign up for a maintenance plan?

A maintenance plan offers peace of mind that your heating and cooling units are running efficiently. It can also save you money over the long run by catching problems before they grow and providing important cleaning and other maintenance tasks that may extend your unit’s lifespan. The Ernst Comfort Plan ensures two precision tune-ups a year, priority scheduling, a 15% discount on repairs, and other benefits. This investment gives you important peace of mind knowing you’re doing everything you can to keep your home comfortable for your family.

If it’s time for a new furnace, Ernst Heating & Cooling is here for you. Call us today at 618.205.9322 or schedule your in-home consultation online.

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