Broken Furnace? Replace it FAST!

If your furnace is failing, or if it just went out, you don’t have the luxury of time to meticulously shop through every furnace option. Blue Ox Heating & Air has some basic tips to help you buy a new furnace fast.

Know Your Specs—what do you want? Also keep in mind what you know you don’t want. Here is a quick checklist of items that you should have in mind when shopping for a furnace.

1. What kind of efficiency do you want (mid or high)?
2. Your fan must be compatible with your ductwork.
3. Do you want a variable-speed fan?
4. Will you invest in a sealed combustion system?
5. Will you install a programmable thermostat?

Find a NATE Certified Technician—By agreeing to be members of an elite group of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) professionals, NATE certified technicians commit to a rigorous training and ongoing certification program. This organization requires technicians to regularly pass exams to stay current and qualified, leading the HVAC industry.

“What Would You Do?”— This is one of the most valuable questions to ask any technician in your home. Occasionally a technician will (even subconsciously) take cues from the customer and guess at the kinds of solutions they should offer, rather than disclosing the best option. For instance, if an HVAC technician entered your home and sensed hesitation about repair cost, he may forget to quote you prices and savings for replacing your equipment. Asking a technician what he would do if he were in your position will likely give you the most practical, long-term affordable option.

Ask About Special Pricing—There are almost always rebates, financing options, specials, or coupons running on any number of appliance brands. Often, utility companies also offer rebates for purchasing high-efficiency appliances. Just because you’re in a hurry, doesn’t mean you need to pay a premium.

If you’re in need of a new furnace, or want the opinion of a knowledgeable, experienced professional, call Blue Ox Heating & Air.

Blue Ox Heating & Air is a full-service residential heating and air conditioning company that also specializes in air quality products and services. Blue Ox is fully licensed, bonded, and insured to provide our Minneapolis customers with services relating to furnaces, heating, and air conditioning. Our cumulative years of experience approach over 200 years of work in the HVAC industry. For more information on Blue Ox Heating & Air, visit our website at https://goblueox.com/.