Furnace Purchasing Tips That Help You Save on Energy

by jsgs45 on May 19, 2010

If you’re in the market to purchase a new furnace, following are a few tips to ensure that you get the most energy-efficient model.

Make Energy-Efficient Home Improvements First: As in, before you spend thousands on a new furnace, invest in low-cost, energy efficiency improvements to your home first. As an example, you should properly insulate your home and make sure ducts, windows and doors are properly sealed to prevent air leaks.

Measure Your Home’s Heat Loss and Heat Gain: For this, you’ll probably need to hire an HVAC specialist, but it’s  a worthwhile expense. By knowing the calculations of your home’s heat loss and heat gain, you’ll know exactly which size furnace is appropriate.

Following are some of the factors the professional you hire to measure your home’s heat loss and heat gain should take into account:

**Sunlight: Ie, where your home is situated in relation to the sun;

**Windows: Number of windows, how well insulated, type of windows;

**Size: Size and layout of home; and

**Insulation: How much insulation your home has in the walls, in the ceiling and between floors.

Final Furnace-Buying Tip: Buy an ENERGY STAR-rated model.

Invest in Your Pennsylvania Electric Plan to Get Savings

Just as you have to invest in your home’s appliances to save on your Pennsylvania electric bill, you should also invest a little time in choosing your energy plan.

Take prepaid electric service plans – they’re quick and easy to sign up for. BUT, they are not the most economical.

If you take the time to do just a little research, you’ll learn about low-deposit and no-deposit Pennsylvania electric plans like LIHEAP (the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program ) and LIURP (the Low-Income Usage Reduction Program).

Both plans offer some type of assistance to consumers to help them save on their monthly energy bill. As you can see, it pays to invest a little time to research your Pennsylvania electric company’s service plans. You could be in for some surprising savings every month.

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