Have you put replacing the furnace high on your list of things to do in the near future? Maybe you're tired of shelling out money for frequent furnace repairs or you think your heating bills are too high. Replacing your old furnace with a new high efficiency system can take care of both of those problems. Before upgrading a heating system, though, take these three steps so you know you're getting the correct system for your home.

Perform a Home Energy Audit

You can do a simple energy audit yourself to uncover sources of energy losses around your house, or you can hire a professional energy expert to do a more thorough inspection and analysis for you. With the audit report in hand, select the energy-saving projects that will cost the least and have the greatest impact on your home energy use and do them before upgrading a heating system.

Sealing air leaks and adding insulation, repairing leaky ductwork and insulating ducts are a few of the recommendations you may see in the audit report. Anything you can do to reduce your home's heating demand will lower the upfront cost of a new system as well as reduce monthly energy bills.

Find a Qualified, Licensed HVAC Pro

Look for a licensed, NATE-certified HVAC contractor or technician to help you with the design and installation of your new heating system. An experienced professional will save you time and money by selecting the right equipment for your home's needs and installing it correctly the first time around.

Get Load Calculations Specific to Your Home

Be sure your HVAC contractor takes your home's unique features into account when calculating the heating load for a new system. Factors such as shading from trees or adjacent buildings, quality of insulation, and the number of windows in your home should be taken into account while the contractor is applying industry standards to your new system design.

Before upgrading a heating system in your Longview area home, contact JD's A/C for professional advice, system design and installation.

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