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Be Prepared This Winter: 5 Things You Should Know When Purchasing Your Furnace


Imagine the winter season has arrived, colder than ever. You feel the excitement of the holidays and enjoy your drive home, eyes caught by the lights draped outside your neighbors’ homes. You end the night with your loved ones by basking in the warmth of your fireplace. It’s all magical until you wake up the next morning feeling like you need to be thawed out. You discover your furnace has given out and it’s time for a new one!

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If you’re in need of a furnace immediately, it’s important to know what to look for in the case of an emergency. Typically, when people are in a rush to make a purchase, they don’t research thoroughly; therefore, they get stuck with a product they are not happy with in the long run. Luckily, First Class HVAC offers heater replacement in Worcester County.

If you are in need of a new furnace this winter, educate yourself and know what to look for before making your purchase.

  • System Type

The most common central heating and cooling systems are either split or packaged systems. Split systems are made up of a condensing unit, furnace, and coil that sit on top of your furnace. A packaged system, which contains your heating and cooling system in one, might be better for your home if you do not have a basement, crawl space or attic to accommodate the split system.

  • Fuel Source

Choose from a gas, electric, or oil heater. Gas systems are a budget-friendly way to heat your home, as they run off of natural gas. In older homes that may not have gas lines, an alternate option is an oil or propane furnace. This fuel source can be more powerful, but more costly depending on oil prices. Lastly, electric furnaces are the most expensive fuel source because they create original heat from electricity.

  • Furnace Price

The cost of your new furnace should be considered a long-term investment in your home’s comfort. If you don’t consider these system options and solely focus on the price, you will be compromising quality and efficiency.

  • The Size of Your Furnace

The size of your new furnace depends on the size of your entire home. Heating systems that are too large or too small won’t heat your home properly. The contractors at First Class HVAC, or your existing contractor, will use special calculations to determine the best size furnace for your home.

  • Warranty

Most furnaces come with a ten-year warranty. Warranties typically cover the cost of parts if the unit needed to be repaired within that 10-year period.

Whether you are in need of a furnace replacement or heating system repair in Worcester County, First Class HVAC is available to extend services for all your needs year after year. Having been in business for 40 years, we are consistently growing our team of dedicated professionals as well as gaining the loyalty of our clientele. To inquire about our services, fill out our contact sheet or call us at 302-804-1309 for Delaware or 410-713-4099 for Maryland.