Attention Franklin homeowners! When it’s time for a new furnace, who will you trust to handle the installation? If you want a company you can trust, one that has been operating in central Indiana for more than 50 years and is recognized throughout the communities of Johnson County as you go-to hometown pros, then the choice is clear: Johnson Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing! We offer a full range of heating, cooling, and plumbing installation, maintenance, and repair services to keep your home as comfortable as you deserve it to be. And we’re only a phone call away at 317-497-3502. On this page, you’ll find out everything you need to know about furnace installation in Franklin Indiana with Johnson Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing.
Furnace Installation in Franklin: Gas or Electric?
One of the first choices you need to make is what kind of new furnace you will purchase. The two most common choices are natural gas furnaces versus electric furnaces. There are pros and cons to each, and Johnson Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing will be happy to bring our expertise into the equation to talk through your options and figure out which type of furnace will best meet your needs.
Natural gas furnaces are efficient and quickly heat your home to your desired comfort level. Natural gas is inexpensive relative to other energy sources to heat your home, which means lower heating bills throughout the winter. And although it’s a fossil fuel, it burns cleaner than other fossil fuels such as oil or coal. A gas-powered furnace and heating system does produce noise, but not a lot. A gas furnace, however, does run the risk of producing harmful fumes if it malfunctions. Anyone with a gas furnace must also have at least one carbon monoxide detector in the house to ensure your family’s safety.
Electric furnaces are also an efficient way to quickly heat your home to the indoor temperature you want, and they typically run quieter than gas furnaces. Electricity, however, tends to be more expensive than natural gas, which could mean higher heating bills during the heating season. How “clean” or “green” electricity depends on its source and how it was generated. A lot of Indiana’s electricity (69% in 2018) comes from coal-fired power plants, which are the most polluting way to generate electricity. But about a quarter of Indiana’s electricity comes from natural gas-fired plants, which are cleaner than coal. Only around 6% of Indiana’s electricity comes from renewable sources. But with an electric furnace, you have more options for deciding how that electricity you use is produced thanks to electric utility deregulation. And you could even opt to install a solar panel system to generate at least some of your own electricity.
Whatever type of furnace you ultimately decide to purchase, we hope you’ll consider Johnson Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing to handle the installation for you. Our licensed expert technicians know the ins and outs of a wide range of heating systems. And then we’ll be with you every step of the way going forward to provide regular maintenance and perform any heating system repairs that need to be done down the road. With Johnson Comfort as your partner, all you ever have to do is give us a call at 317-497-3502 to enjoy expert service with a smile!
Johnson Heating Bill Consultations for Franklin Homeowners
Whether your furnace is a brand-new installation or old workhorse, a lot of homeowners experience “sticker shock” when the heating bills start rolling in during the fall and winter. Johnson Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing can help! Give us a call at 317-497-3502 and arrange for a heating bill consultation. We’ll go over your system and your settings and then provide some advice on how to lower your heat bills.
One easy thing you can do is turn the thermostat down by just a few degrees to have a surprisingly big impact on your heating bills. Using a humidifier to keep the air moist (aim for humidity between 30%-50%) also helps keep the air feeling warmer (like the heat index in the summer). Given how dry the air in your home can get during winter, your skin will love the extra humidity, and it will feel several degrees warmer than it really is!
It might also be worth your while to install a programmable thermostat, which allows you to set up several different times where you let the temperature go down, such as while you’re away at work, or at night when cooler temperatures help you sleep better. You’ll love how much your heating bills go down with a programmable thermostat, and it just happens automatically without you having to remember to adjust it manually.
There may also be a number of easy “air sealing” things you can do to find and seal leaky areas in your home such as windows and doors. Just a little caulking, weather-stripping, and use of draft blockers can have a surprisingly large impact on your heating bills. It might also be worth investing in a more extensive project like adding more insulation to your home. The more you can keep the warm air in and the cold air out, the less hard your furnace will have to work to maintain your preferred indoor temperatures, which means lower heat bills.
One of the most important things you can do to keep your heating bills as low as possible is to make sure your furnace gets regular maintenance. When a furnace is not properly maintained, its efficiency can really plummet, and a furnace operating inefficiently means higher heating bills. Johnson Comfort can make sure your furnace is ready for the heating season by performing an inspection and giving it a full tune-up. And if your furnace has a warranty, it must receive regular service and maintenance for the warranty to remain valid.
You’ll enjoy your home all year long no matter what the weather is doing if you rely on Johnson Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing to keep your heating and cooling systems in good working order. Please call us at 317-497-3502 to discuss your needs, or fill out the form on the Contact Us page of our website.