What Are Some Tips For Buying A New Furnace?

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Maybe you’ve been procrastinating about it for years and then came the 2021 deep freeze in Lubbock, Texas and much of the state. It was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back, and you decided it’s time to buy a new furnace. Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric understands it’s a big purchase so let’s take a closer look at some important factors to consider.


One of the reasons you finally made the decision could be monthly utility bills that seem too high. One simple reason is old age. Home heating isn’t a beauty contest, but if the furnace in your basement looks old chances are it’s wasting lots of energy. Depending on age, your current furnace could have an efficiency rating of 70% or less. Buying a new furnace can raise that to 95% or higher based on the model. 


That question is nearly impossible to answer objectively because brand name should not be the most important factor in your buying decision (more on that in a bit). Armstrong always recommends buying the most efficient furnace you can afford. The higher upfront cost will almost always be offset by the energy savings you’ll realize over the life of the furnace, typically 20 to 25 years. 


What does that mean? It means that who does the furnace installation is often a more important decision than what model furnace you are buying. Armstrong is proud to be an authorized Lennox dealer, but even a Lennox furnace won’t work properly if it’s poorly installed. One way to look at it is the future reliability of your new furnace is about 60% installation and 40% on the box itself. That’s why choosing a reputable contractor like Armstrong is vital.


Now that you’ve made the decision to buy a new furnace, call Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric to schedule a free no-obligation estimate. During the process we’ll show you which furnace we believe is best for your Lubbock, Texas home, but we will always give you choices. The experts say there will be more extreme weather events like what we saw in 2021. It may not happen again for 10 years, or it could happen again this winter. Now is the time to make sure your home’s heating system is up to the challenge.