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Mar 18

Craig Williamson

Now Is a Good Time to Consider a New Furnace!

Posted by Craig Williamson

Now Is a Good Time to Consider a New Furnace!

The winter of 2015-2016 in the Seattle, Bellevue, and Redmond areas of Washington was really the winter that wasn’t. Precipitation records were broken for the December – February timeframe. But the temperatures rarely went below freezing, even at night. Yet however mild it was compared to most years, of course people still need to heat their homes to remove the chill.

Now that spring is just around the corner, it’s a good time to start thinking about a possible furnace replacement over the summer months. Before you know it, it will be fall again and you don’t want to be stuck with a lumbering furnace.

Weighing Your Options

If your home is heated by an ancient, inefficient furnace, there are several new models to consider when it’s time to upgrade. There are two main types of residential furnace: oil- burning and natural gas-burning. So, first of all, you will need to decide whether you are sticking with the same type of furnace, or if you want to convert an oil furnace to a natural gas furnace.

There are several factors you will need to consider when looking at options, including the following.

  • Natural Gas Availability: Is your home already piped to receive natural gas? If not and you are converting from oil to gas, how easy will it be to get gas to your home? You’ll need to speak to your utilities authority to determine if it’s possible to get gas natural gas piped to your home, and what the ballpark price will be. It’s worth talking to your direct neighbors to see if they would be interested in sharing the cost of having gas brought in if needed.
  • Cost of fuel: this is tricky, because the prices for natural gas and heating oil are constantly in flux. This past heating season (2015-2016) saw a dip in both the cost of heating oil and gas, although the prices for gas did not drop as significantly as the price of oil. In general, it will be less expensive to heat your home with natural gas, but this is not a steadfast rule.
  • Efficiency and other measures: As you do your research into new furnaces, you’ll see that there is a wide range in efficiency levels among different models of both gas and oil furnaces. For the most part though, today’s furnaces have become very efficient and technologically advanced. When looking at a selection of furnaces, in addition to reviewing ratings for energy efficiency, also take a look at loudness and durability ratings, in addition to the cost.

Turn to the Professionals at MM Comfort Systems

Replacing a furnace is a significant home investment, and can be confusing if you don’t know all the particulars. For such an important piece of home equipment, consult with a professional from MM Comfort Systems who can offer advice on the best way to go. Whether you want general information about converting from oil to gas, or have specific questions about either type of furnace, we can help!

Servicing Redmond, Issaquah, Bellevue, and the greater Seattle areas, we’ve been helping customers with home heating solutions and repairs since 1977. Call us today to learn more: 425.881.7920, 206.629.2039, or 253.341.4253, or e-mail us at sales@mmcomfortsystems.com.