Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 20, 2012
Homeowners living in Massachusetts during extreme, harsh weather want to make sure they choose a good quality equipment to get them through the winter. Choosing the right furnace is essential to creating a comfortable home and can help reduce high energy bills and lower the environmental impact of emissions.
“Many problems can arise from faulty heating system parts and deterioration over time,” says James Tardiff, owner of J.S. Tardiff Plumbing & Heating. “Finding a high quality furnace or boiler can save a homeowner time, money, and eliminate worries about it breaking down during freezing temperatures. When purchasing a furnace, a homeowner must take into consideration their family’s safety.”
When it’s time to replace a furnace or boiler, here are a few things to consider:
In addition to the price tag of a new system, the other key number to know is its AFUE, or annual fuel utilization efficiency. How efficiently a system converts gas into heating is reflected in this rating. The higher the AFUE, the lower your monthly heating costs will be. A typical gas furnace or boiler made in the early 1970s has an AFUE of about 65 percent. Today, the lowest efficiency allowed by law is 80 percent, and the most efficient models have an AFUE of about 97 percent.
The price of a furnace and boiler rises with its fuel efficiency; however, that additional cost can generally by recouped in lower fuel bills over the lifetime of the furnace. High efficiency systems are especially economically beneficial in regions such as the Northeast where winters are harsh. Ask the contractor to calculate the annual estimated operating cost of different models and compare savings. Since more efficient furnaces and boilers generate fewer emissions, environmental considerations may also weigh in a decision.
Sizing the Unit
Owning a new energy efficient system isn’t the whole story. A furnace or boiler has to be sized properly and installed correctly by a capable, experienced company. Otherwise, homeowners won’t see the fuel savings they expect.
The amount of heat that is required to properly and efficiently heat a home comfortably is measured by BTU’s (British Thermal Units. A contractor should calculate heating needs, taking into consideration the climate, and the house’s size, design, and construction.
With 22 years experience, J.S. Tardiff Plumbing & Heating can help homeowners determine which furnace or boiler is right for their family. They carry brand name, energy efficient furnaces or boilers and offer quality work and superb customer service at reasonable prices. For more information, please call (508) 947-0838 or (508) 747-1782.
About J.S. Tardiff Plumbing & Heating
For the past 22 years, J.S. Tardiff Plumbing & Heating have been taking care of local residents’ plumbing and heating needs for residential and commercial customers. Customers don’t have to worry if they will survive economic downturns. Whether a client is knee deep in water requiring 24 hour emergency service or simply wants their heating system serviced for the winter, J.S. Tardiff can help. This reliable company sets the bar for quality and fair pricing in southeast Massachusetts and serves Plymouth and Barnstable Counties.