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In a recent article, we discussed seven signs that your furnace may need to be replaced. Once you have made that decision, it’s time to start shopping for a new furnace. To make the buying process go successfully, make sure to avoid the following five pitfalls:

1 – Waiting too long. Don’t make the mistake of waiting too long to replace your furnace. While ideally we would get notice before our furnace starts to break down, these warning signals sometimes don’t come early enough. Moreover, furnaces typically break down under stress, when they are getting the most use in the winter, which is also when you need them to work the most. Keep in mind that emergency installations are expensive, so it’s best to plan ahead and replace your furnace before it’s 15 years old.

2 – Replace your current furnace without discussing your home comfort concerns. While your home may be a good candidate for a high-efficiency furnace, you have to take other issues into account as well, for example the ductwork in your home. If the ductwork is not a sufficient enough size, you may not be able to run an ultra high-efficiency furnace properly. If this is the case, your installer may suggest a slightly lower efficiency level.

In addition, if you have some rooms that are cooler or hotter than others, of if your house is too dry or humid, you should also discuss these concerns with a specialist. A specialist could make sure your new unit will fix any issues or sources of discomfort.  Finally, add ons, such as a humidifier, dehumidifier or indoor air purification system could easily be added at the same time and could greatly enhance your family’s comfort.

3 – Buy a furnace without considering a full system replacement. Your furnace, whether because of its age or condition, may represent an immediate need that should be addressed. It’s important to not put this off, but at the same time it’s wise to assess your other needs at this time too. Often it makes sense to replace your air conditioner during this time. Older air conditioning systems are less efficient and more expensive to run. You may also save money by installing a furnace and air conditioner at the same time, while making the installation process quicker.

4 – Only make your decision based on price. There are a number of factors to consider when looking for a new furnace. Different models have various features that can enhance comfort, as well as increase resale value and the unit’s operating life. Accordingly, it’s important to not just go with the item’s price and buy the cheapest one.

In addition, the company you choose to install the furnace is another critical decision. Remember that a low price means less if the service you’ll be receiving will be of a lower quality. Make sure that the provider is committed to your needs and safety and offers 24/7 emergency service. Safety hazards are the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with, and it’s important to have the assurance that you have professional help on hand should you have any questions.

5 – Assume that one furnace brand is automatically better than the other. While some brands specialize in certain products, there’s no one manufacturer who produces the best home heating solutions for every scenario. Instead, it’s most important to find an installer who can recommend the right furnace for your needs and will provide exceptional service long after. When your furnace is not working, you will not be calling the manufacturer, but the installer and this is why it’s critical to pick the right one.

SMO Energy is committed to providing you with the best in home heating and cooling solutions. SMO offers free in home consultations with an energy consultant, as well as free estimates and 0 percent financing for well qualified clients. Our certified oil furnace technicians can install the right system for your needs. You can reach our Client Care Center at 888-222-3720. We are available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. We also offer 24/7 emergency service.