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Choosing the Right Furnace for Your Northern VA Home

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Winter is now upon us, and if your old furnace isn’t working as well as it once was, that could mean you’re in for some cold days ahead. No one wants that, but few homeowners have the knowledge base for understanding how to select the best furnace to meet their family’s needs. When it comes time to shop for a new heating system for your home, these tips from Home Improvement Leads will help you find the right furnace in no time.

What are your heating requirements?

Not all households are created equal, and neither are their furnaces. If you are looking to replace a central furnace system, you will need to take into account several factors like your home’s square footage, amount of insulation, and how well sealed the home is from the elements. This information will help you calculate the air volume that needs to be heated, and will determine what size furnace your family will need. Bear in mind that bigger is not usually better when it comes to furnaces. Systems that are improperly sized can result in increased humidity, inefficient fuel usage, and an overall poorly heated home.

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How much energy can I save?

Energy efficiency is incredibly important to most homeowners nowadays since it not only lowers their utility bills, but it also generally increases their home’s property value. New furnaces’ capabilities are measured by the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) with higher percentages indicating better fuel efficiency. By comparing your current system’s energy requirements and old heating bills to estimations from newer models approved by Energy Star, you can determine roughly how great your monthly savings will be. Though these furnaces will come with a higher price tag, homeowners are entitled to a federal tax credit to help offset the initial investment. Heating and cooling a home accounts for almost half of a home’s entire energy usage, so upgrading to an Energy Star approved furnace can not only keep your family more comfortable, but it can save you hundreds of dollars each year, too.

 Bonus: How to tell if your gas furnace needs replaced

Is there more to consider than just the furnace?

Your furnace doesn’t just operate independently. Making sure that your home’s duct system is cleaned and thoroughly sealed is crucial to having a furnace be able to operate efficiently. Changing air filters monthly is also just as important in maintaining the life of your furnace. New filters will not only reduce allergens, but will also ensure that the least amount of strain is placed on the furnace, too, helping to prolong the life of your furnace for years to come.

Once you have found the perfect new furnace for your home, be sure to take good care of it by having annual service checks performed. Otherwise, just sit back and enjoy the comforts of a warm home!

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Carlos.

“Service was outstanding from the time of arrival which you could track arrival time live on a website link they send you so you know when they will arrive. Technical knowledge was very high, quick and efficient Kyle and his partner both handled the install of a Sensi Predict as if it was a walk in the park. I highly recommend Kyle from Nice Heating & Air for all HVAC issues and for new installs, him and his team are an amazing company and will think of them first if any issues arise in the future for sure....”

Andrew Baker.

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Khadeeja.

“Rolando Medrano was very professional and followed the CDC protocol of 6 feet social distance and had a mask and put disposable shoe covers before entering the house. He made sure to address all of our issues and provided answers for all our questions. He came on time and called before he came to update on timing and his status! He was a great help!”

Mike Richardson.

“Highly recommend Nice Home Services for your HVAC needs. Have been member of their annual maintenance plan for three years now and been extremely pleased with their approach to business. They are professional, knowledgeable, and relatable. The service specialists take their time to fully diagnose the issue and explain the situation in a way that is easy to understand. Never had an instance where they try to push product and instead look for ways to recommend how to save you money. Need anything done on your home's HVAC, call the folks at Nice Home Services and know you're making the right choice.”

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Richard Nowinski.

“Dionte and his helper (Josh) did a superb job with the installation. The result is both functional and as cosmetically pleasing as the ideal water heater installation can be. They were VERY careful moving the old one out and the new one in so as to assure no damage was initiated neither to the heater nor to our dwelling. He explained his intended design prior to execution and executed it flawlessly. This was followed by a comprehensive explanation of the functional options available through the control panel and Ipad app. Cleanup at conclusion of the install was appropriate and comprehensive. This team represented both Nice Heating and Rheem VERY positively!”

Kimberly Mason.

“I had the pleasure of meeting another NICE Heating and Air Service Technician today, Mr. Jeremy Castellon. Jeremy, thank you again for addressing my questions and concerns regarding my gas fireplace. I appreciate your patience and knowledgeability about gas fireplaces. Jeremy was very professional and competent.”

Terence Lartey.

“The technician was very professional and took his time to explain the issue and how he will about to fix it. He also offered means to save by signing on their maintenance program. He was polite, careful to keep the carpet clean. I will recommend this company to friends and family.”

Roberta Massiah.

“Loves me some NICE Home Services! I’ve been part of their maintenance plan for almost 9 years now & they're great. Reliable, professional, & friendly; they take care of all my HVAC & gas fireplace needs m, including a spring & fall tuneup. Highly recommend!”

Barb N.

“I purchased my HVAC unit a year ago along with a Cozy Club maintenance plan. It's been running great and the customer service team is always quick to respond to questions. Today Rolando M. came by for the maintenance check and, as usual, he was neat, professional and maintained the COVID rules. He was also very nice, living up to the company name. I'm very happy with my experience with Nice.”

N. England.

“I can't speak highly enough of this company. I requested an appointment, and it was scheduled for the next day. The technician was polite, honest, and a pure delight to work with. He didn't try to overcharge or tell me to replace something I didn't need to. He made service recommendations that were in line with industry standard prices so I could make an informed decision as he went about his service visit. Would recommend and will be using them again in the future. ”

Lucas W.

“My technician arrived promptly at our appointed hour. He repaired a dirty and non-working gas fireplace. In addition, he found a small gas leak on our furnace line. Overall, exceptional service and quality work. I highly recommend their HVAC service.”

Rona G.

“Very impressive company! Nice responded to my call for a heating issue on very short notice. My tech, was right on time, extremely polite, and very hardworking. Customer service and satisfaction are clearly a priority.”

Kenny D.

“They treat customers like a valuable asset, not like a number. Business the old-fashioned way, that will never go out of style.”

Lois S.

“Superb customer service. Before a service appointment, you receive a text message notification with photo of the tech that will be at your residence followed by a phone call. During a service appointment you'll updated and educated. If there is a concern, management will contact you promptly and follow up until issue resolved. Awesome and attentive team!!”