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8 Questions to Ask Before Replacing Your Furnace

As snow continues to fall in Anchorage and our heating systems work harder to keep us cozy, we thought it would be a great time to review the top questions to ask before replacing your furnace. Let’s review 8 questions to ask your trusted heating company, Diamond Heating & AirTemp Alaska!

  1. Should I repair or replace my furnace?

Frequent repairs, a furnace nearing 15+ years, increasing energy bills and more are indicators that it may be more economical in the long run to replace rather than repair. Check out the complete list of signs you need to replace your boiler or furnace. The sooner you acknowledge these warning signs, the more time you have to budget and explore the best financing options.

  1. Does brand matter? Which furnace brand should I choose?

As Anchorage’s premier heating and cooling company, we exclusively work with the best – and there’s nothing better than a Trane system. As Trane Comfort Specialists™, we proudly carry America’s most reliable brand of energy-efficient gas and oil furnaces.  Tested, designed, and built to withstand the toughest conditions in the Last Frontier, Trane systems are truly top of the line. Trane furnaces are the best value, most efficient, and even have the quietest sound rating in the industry. 

  1. What size furnace is best for my home?

To ensure your new furnace is the right fit for your home and comfort needs, our Trane Comfort Specialists complete a detailed comfort evaluation during your free in-home consultation.  Our heating and cooling expert will ask you a series of questions to further understand any current comfort issues such as hot or cold spots in your home, humidity levels, and more.  Schedule your free in-home consultation now. 

A furnace that is too small or too large for your home will not properly heat your home, increasing your utility costs.

  1. What efficiencies can I expect from a new furnace?

Today’s new high efficiency furnaces can save up to 50% in operating costs over a ten-year-old furnace. Many 1990 and earlier model furnaces have Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings of 65% or less. The minimum AFUE rated furnace that can be sold in the United States today is 80%.

Our current product offering starts at 80% AFUE and goes all the way to a very efficient 96.6% AFUE rating. Depending on your average usage, higher AFUE rated furnaces can significantly reduce your gas bill.

We offer many furnaces with variable and multi-speed features that can provide enhanced indoor comfort by slowly ramping up to your thermostat setting rather than simply turning on at full speed. This alleviates the “cold air blow” often associated with single speed furnaces, and dramatically reduces system noise.

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  1. What is the estimated cost of replacing my furnace? Are there financing options available to me?

Based on your completed home evaluation, a Diamond Heating & AirTemp Alaska consultant will recommend several furnace options ranging in cost and efficiency. Your furnace installation estimate will be dependent on the system you select.

We are pleased to offer our customers special financing options to invest in your home comfort needs without breaking your budget. Our consultants will discuss financing options with you during your free in-home consultation. With approved credit you’ll enjoy convenient monthly payments, special financing terms, and easy online account management. Apply now! 

  1. How long does it take to install my new furnace?

We typically advise our customers that installing a new furnace can take 1-3 days. With electrical, ductwork, and system calibration and testing, our installation process is detailed and thorough. We take pride in our transparency and always want to be forthcoming with accurate information and expectations. During the installation process we promise is to keep homeowners informed of the timeline as we work to complete the furnace installation. 

  1. Is there any new technology or system enhancements that I should consider when replacing my furnace?

We recommend homeowners install a programmable thermostat to take their savings and efficiencies to the next level. Programmable thermostats allow you to control temperatures at different times of the day and in different zones of your home remotely from your smartphone. Even receive system diagnostics and stay up to date with maintenance notifications. This type of control can have a dramatic impact on the overall energy use of your home, up to 20% savings in fact! 

We also recommend investing in indoor air quality enhancements such as the Fresh-Aire UV APCO, a whole-home air purifier installed in your furnace that utilizes activated carbon and germ-killing UV-C light to eliminate 99.9% of indoor contaminants within the first 24 hours of use. 

The Air Scrubber Plus® is another indoor air quality enhancement we often recommend to our customers. The Air Scrubber Plus® is a revolutionary new system designed to help eliminate indoor air quality risks by reducing air pollutants, VOCs (chemical odors), cigarette smoke, dust, pollen, mold, odor-causing bacteria, and odors caused by pets and cooking.

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  1. Is this heating company licensed and insured? Highly recommended and reputable?

You should always do your homework when choosing a heating and cooling company to replace your outdated furnace. Quality of work, trustworthiness, and customer service is among just a few qualities we consider to be non-negotiables. Diamond Heating & AirTemp Alaska is a licensed and insured heating and cooling company with more than 20 years of experience. Our team of Trane certified installers and technicians bring over 100 years of expertise to Anchorage homeowners. 

As a Google Guaranteed contractor with over 250 Google Reviews and an average 4.9 star rating Diamond Heating and AirTemp Alaska is a highly recommended heating and cooling contractor amongst Anchorage homeowners. Read our dazzling 5 star reviews!