We live in a three-story Victorian twin (house) and are
going to switch from oil to gas.
have a few concerns:
is whether the higher-efficiency furnaces with annual
fuel-utilization efficiency (AFUE) above 94 percent are
reliable and worth the extra money?
question: Should we install central air at this time, as
finally, are there any furnaces you would recommend or
brands we should stay away from?
understand from doing some research that the installer
is as important as the furnace. Do you agree?
Last question first: You better believe it.
donít care how top-of-the-line an HVAC system is, if
the installer is a dud and doesnít stand by his work,
you will most likely be throwing lots of money down the
furnace is better? That question should be answered by
an entity with a professional research staff ó
Consumer Reports, for example.
on, I had issues with my Lennox HVAC system that were
solved by a firm my plumber said heíd heard good
things about ó not the same people who installed it.
of my neighbors have Tranes; another one, York. They,
too, say reliable service is as much the key to success
as the brand. Do your research.
would install central air-conditioning, especially if
you are putting in ductwork anyway.
sure that whatever central-air system is installed will
cool the entire house, not just the first two floors.
That could require zoned heating and cooling for greater
efficiency. You donít want to spend all that money
then have window units sticking out of the third floor
will be a time, not so far away, when houses without
central air-conditioning and high-efficiency heating
systems will linger on the market longer than those with
advise prospective home buyers to ask for the last yearís
heating and cooling bills, to see whether they can
afford the monthly costs of owning a home.
question last: Speaking solely from my own experience,
the answer is yes. I can only imagine what my winter
bill would be without my high-efficiency, high-AFUE gas
these are questions you should be posing to contractors