Overland Park furnace replacement guidelines changing next year.

The department of energy has set a new regional standard starting May 1st of 2013 requiring all new furnaces installed in the Northern regions be at least 90% efficient or better.  In 2007, US congress passed the Energy Security and Independence Act to help reduce our countries energy costs. Under this new act we will no longer be able to buy or install 80% furnaces in the Overland Park area.  This new rule could have a direct impact on your pocketbook.

Do I need to replace my furnace now?

If you have said “I know I need to replace my furnace but I’ll do it next year”, this could be your last chance on a less expensive 80% efficient Overland Park furnace replacement. After next spring you will only have the option of a higher efficiency 90% furnace or better. While the higher efficient furnaces are a great choice if you can afford it there may be other challenges you may be faced with. The new 90% or better furnaces require PVC pipe to be used for the exhaust and intake.  If your home has a finished basement or you live in a townhouse or condo it may be very difficult to route those PVC pipes to the outside. I some cases drywall would have to be removed which would make your furnace replacement much more expensive and be more invasive to your home.

What are my options?

One option would be to wait until your old furnace finally has to be replaced and upgrade to a high efficient 90% or better furnace. If your current Overland Park furnace is located in an area were installing the new PVC pipe is possible and you can afford the extra $1,500 or more for the high efficient furnace I would recommend upgrading. You can save hundreds of dollars a year in gas bills by replacing your old furnace and upgrading to a high efficient unit  and some furnaces have  options available like a variable speed blower and 2 stage heating capability. The high efficient furnaces are a great choice especially if you plan on keeping your home for a while.
Your second option would be to replace you older 80% or less efficient furnace with a new 80% furnace before May 1st of 2013. If you want a good reliable unit but don’t want to pay too much or if you think installing the PVC flu pipes for the 90% furnaces may be a problem you may want to start thinking about replacing your old furnace soon.  If you’re old furnace is in a closest or finished area installing the new PVC flu pipes for the 90% furnaces may end up costing you thousands of dollars in major drywall renovations after May of next year. If you think your furnace might be on its last legs, you may want to consider replacing it with an 80% AFUE furnace now — while they are still available.  That way, you can save money and not have to worry about a replacement furnace for another 20 years.

So what’s the bottom line?

There are pros and cons to both options.  Whether you go ahead with an 80% efficient furnace replacement now or wait to upgrade later is going to depend on your specific circumstances.  In order to make the best decision for your home, your family, and your budget, talk to an Overland Park furnace replacement professional today — before this new law kicks in and makes the decision for you!

Why you should call us.

All of our Overland Park furnace replacements come with a minimum 10 years parts warranty and a 20 year heat exchanger warranty. Some furnaces have a lifetime heat exchanger warranty. We back all of our installations with a 10 year labor warranty providing we do the preventative maintenance on them. We offer free estimates on system replacements. Please call us today for a free in home consultation so we can help you make the right decision for you and your home.

Thank You

Jim Ferguson