When it's time for a new furnace, there are a few other things you might want to consider adding on to the system.
Zoning is especially useful if you have a large home or if there are multiple people in the home. A zoning system allows household members to control the heat in different sections of the house via their own zoned thermostat. This means, for example, that you can set the little used guest room of the home to a different temperature than the main living area. If you have multiple families under one roof or rent out part of your home, then you can provide separate heating zones to each group.
It's a good idea to update your thermostat at the same time you install a new furnace, especially if you are on an older style thermostat. A programmable thermostat gives you more control over heating your home. You can set it to heat on a specific schedule, so there is no longer any need to remember to turn the thermostat up or down at specific times. In most cases, a programmable thermostat helps lower your heating bills.
3. In-Line Purification
The air in your home can become quite stale in the winter, since you aren't likely to open a window to let in fresh air. An in-line air purification filter provides additional air filtration for the air being circulated through your home. These systems are installed on the furnace intake ducts, so that the cleaner air also passes through the furnace. Not only is this better for your health, the cleaner air results in less dust and debris inside the furnace, thus extending it's life.
Heated air can be quite dry, which can lead to dry coughs, dry skin, and even bloody noses in sensitive individuals. Your furnace actually dries out any ambient moisture, thus lowering the humidity in your home. A humidifier is a device that puts some moisture back into the air. Your furnace replacement installer can install a whole house humidifier at the same time as your new furnace, which saves money on multiple service calls.
5. Hybrid System
A hybrid or dual fuel system consists of a furnace and a heat pump. The heat pump provides cooling in the summer months, but it also can supplement the heat your furnace provides in the winter. This lowers your winter heating costs. Installing a hybrid system is a good idea, especially if you are also planning to upgrade your cooling system.
Contact your furnace installation service to learn more about the extras you can add to your new furnace.