How to Buy an Energy-Efficient Propane Furnace

How to Buy an Energy-Efficient Propane Furnace

Look to your installation professional for advice

By Sabah Karimi

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Lower your utility bill with the aid of a propane-powered furnace. If you want to cut down your monthly utility bill, invest in an energy-efficient propane furnace powered by a tank of propane rather than electricity. Energy-efficient propane furnaces can be purchased directly from your HVAC contractor who is performing the installation, so work with these professionals when selecting the right match for your home.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Measure your existing furnace or the area you plan to install the furnace in feet and inches so it's easier to communicate what you need to a contractor over the phone.
  • Prepare a copy of your home plans so that the HVAC contractor has an accurate idea of the heating and venting system in your home.
  • Be prepared to pay extra for the removal and disposal of an existing furnace.
Selecting an energy-efficient furnace

Step 1:

Contact a "green" builder or local builder's association in your area for a referral. These individuals and organizations may already work with a certified heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors who specialize in energy-efficient propane furnace installations. Obtain the names and numbers of at least three to four HVAC contractors to begin your search.

Step 2:

Communicate your needs over the phone. Contact each HVAC contractor and share details about the size of your home and the location where the furnace will be installed. Find out what brands of propane furnaces the contractor works with, and which ones he or she recommends. Do some research to find out the price range of the models the contractor recommends.

Step 3:

Set up a consultation with each contractor and request product information. Have each HVAC contractor visit your home so that they can see the available space for the installation, and provide pictures or diagrams of energy-efficient propane furnaces. Look for the Energy Star label on the furnace. Furnaces with the Energy Star label meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

Step 4:

Ask about the installation costs. Have each HVAC contractor estimate the cost of labor, materials and supplies to install the new furnace, and also to include demolition and debris removal costs associated with removing an existing furnace.

Step 5:

Determine if you are eligible for a tax credit. The total cost of installation and the purchase price of a qualified propane furnace may be eligible for a federal tax credit. Contact the Department of Energy or consult the EnergyStar.gov website to find out which brands of recommended furnaces qualify for a tax credit.

Step 6:

Request a written estimate. Each HVAC contractor should be able to provide you with a comprehensive cost breakdown of all costs associated with the purchase, delivery and installation of your energy-efficient propane furnace.

Step 7:

Learn about maintenance requirements. Find out what type of maintenance checks or services and repairs you can expect with the energy-efficient propane furnace you selected. Some HVAC contractors will offer these services, and some replacement costs may be covered under the manufacturer's warranty.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • If your selected propane furnace does not qualify for a tax credit, you could still save a significant amount on your energy bill over time.
  • Ask for a copy of the warranty for your furnace so you know exactly what to expect if you need something repaired or replaced.
  • If a bid for the installation seems too low, the contractor may have misquoted you or may not be able to provide high-quality installation services.

About the Author

Sabah Karimi is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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