Your Guide to Buying a Furnace in Indianapolis

By: Brian Schutt  |  September 22, 2015

Keep these 5 points in mind when shopping for a new furnace in the Indianapolis area

Tomorrow marks the first official day of fall. And while it may not feel cold, or even brisk yet, you know those days are coming. They always do in Indianapolis and the surrounding suburbs.

If you know you’ll be in the market for a new furnace this year — or if you’re reading this after your old furnace just gave out— here are five things to keep in mind during your furnace shopping experience.

1. Efficiencynew-furnace-indianapolis

When it gets cold in Indianapolis, it can get downright frigid. And to keep warm, we can run our furnaces a lot during the fall and winter seasons. If you’re considering a high-efficiency furnace, here’s an insider tip:  dig into your gas bills and ask your HVAC design technician to calculate your annual savings before making the purchase. This information will help you know if it’s in your best interest to make such an investment.

2. Blower Motor

Your furnace blower motor moves the air around your home throughout the year. To make it more comfortable inside your home — especially in two story homes — you could invest in a variable speed blower. Of course, if you don’t have a comfort problem, then this investment probably isn’t for you.

3. Thermostat

If you don’t have a programmable thermostat or smart phone compatible thermostat, you are missing out on the most useful feature available in the HVAC industry. Many installing companies will add these types of thermostats to the job with little markup, and you can see a significant reduction in your operating costs as a result. Consumer Reports estimates it pays for itself within a year.

4. Expected Move

The value of efficiency comes into play once you’ve done the math. If you’re not planning on being in your home for more than 3 years, it’s not likely you’ll get the return on investment in a high-efficiency furnace. Obviously, it’s tough to predict when a home will sell, but we recommend against a high-efficiency spend if you’re not going to be around to enjoy the lower gas bills.

5. Quality Control of Installers

More than anything else, the quality of the installation will determine your long-term happiness with your new furnace. Once you’ve decided on the efficiency, blower, and thermostat, demand to know what sort of people, process, and follow-up goes into the installation of your new furnace. Overlooking this step can cost you money and headaches.

If we can be of more service during your search for a new furnace, just give Homesense a call at 317-670-0171.

Brian Schutt

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is the co-owner of Homesense Heating | Cooling. Born and raised in Indianapolis, he loves the city and its people, and is committed to bringing a servants mindset into the heating and cooling industry. One of the ways he does that is to translate the technical language of HVAC into the manageable and understandable for homeowners.

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