How to pick the right furnace for your home

Grill contractors on preferences, warranty, then ask for references

Q: How do you make a good choice on the type and brand of new furnace with so many options available today? –Michael W.

A: It’s similar in many ways to evaluating and deciding on any major purchase, which is a combination of a reputable manufacturer and reputable dealer. I would begin by asking around among friends, coworkers and even your utility company, and get a list of two (or three if desired, but no more than that) reputable heating contractors in your area. Ideally, these contractors will represent at least two different lines of furnaces.