Keeping your home warm and comfortable when the temperature drops is very important. In order to keep your home warm during the cooler months, a working heating system is a must. Your choice of furnace in particular is very important. You want to choose a furnace that can effectively heat your home and that will keep your heating bills under control as well. If you are looking to replace your home's furnace, here are three things to keep in mind.

The Age of Your Current Furnace

Before having a new furnace installed, you should take a close look at your current furnace. The average lifespan of a furnace is around 15 years. If your current furnace is near that age or if it often requires repairs, you may want to consider replacing it sooner than later. However, if it is otherwise in good shape and not near the end of its lifespan, you may want to consider furnace repair instead. The average cost of furnace repair is $267 and can be more cost effective in the short term. However, as your furnace gets closer to the 15 year mark, you should start considering replacement.

The Cost

Another thing to consider when it comes to getting a new furnace is the cost. The cost of furnace replacement will depend on factors such as the size of your home, the type of furnace you choose, and local furnace contractors. On average the cost of having a new furnace installed ranges between $2,523 and $6,063. Your furnace contractor will likely also take a look at your home's ducts when replacing the furnace. Duct repair or replacement may be required in order to effectively heat your home. The cost of this can vary, however, it usually costs between $1,000 and $5,000 to replace old ducts.

Energy Efficiency

When you get a new furnace, chances are it will be in your home for at least a decade or more. Given that the furnace you choose will be around for a while, choosing an energy efficient one can help you save on heating bills for years to come. The energy efficiency of a furnace is measured by its annual fuel utilization efficiency or AFUE. High-efficiency furnaces and heating systems have AFUE ratings between 90 and 98.5 percent

At some point in time you may find yourself replacing the furnace in your home. It's important to consider the age of your system. Once it's near the 15 year mark, you will likely need to replace it in the near future. Costs can vary, however, you should expect to pay at least a few thousand dollars for a new system. Energy efficiency is another thing to consider when replacing your furnace. An energy efficient furnace will save you money on your heating bills. Contact a service, like Bourke's Service Co, for more help.