Considerations When Selecting a Furnace Or Heater
There are many factors that go into the selection of the right furnace, heater, or water heater. One of the most important things is to know what’s new. After all, if you’re only familiar with 20 year old technology, then you may be missing out on some of the most efficient and cost effective heat supplies obtainable. Take some time to get up to speed on the latest offerings from Trane, Carrier, Lennox, Rheem, Bosch, Rinnai, and Atwood before you make a buying decision.
Electric baseboard heaters, gas fireplaces, and the electric fireplace insert have come a very long way in the last few years, especially regarding heat output, cost, and high efficiency. Since these are all appliances, look for the Energy Star rating to be sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck, and the most income tax credit the law allows. Many of the newer gas heaters and ventless fireplaces can already be converted to propane if necessary.
If a water heater is what you need, you should at the minimum consider one of the new moment water heaters, also known as a tankless gas water heater. These provide on need hot water for pennies, and you can rest assured that you’ll never run out, no matter how many people need a shower!
Those with an eye toward keeping green will be interested in the latest solar electric heaters, which can be slightly or fully powered by the sun, supplemented by electricity.
Finally outdoors, consider an outdoor wood furnace to heat your barn, garage, or storage building. If you are going to be burning wood, make sure to exercise all proper safety precautions, and keep the right distance between your furnace or stove and the nearby walls and partitions. You may already want to set your furnace on a fire resistant slab of stone for good measure.