Gas Furnaces

Furnace service.
Furnace service.

Are you thinking about upgrading your furnace but not quite sure where to begin?

We understand. Furnaces are more efficient than ever, with a plethora of features designed to keep you comfortable. They come in different sizes and shapes, some more powerful than others. They also have different price points based on their efficiency ratings.

The thermostat is the brains of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. But it’s the furnace that provides all the muscle, teaming up with your ductwork to send warm air throughout your Washington home.

And always remember, a happy home is a warm one! It would only take a few cold days in a row with no indoor heat for all the pipes in your Bellingham, WA, home to freeze.

What matters most is to pick the right furnace that fits your budget and the size of your home. Our team at West Mechanical has the knowledge and expertise to help you make that choice. We’re a trusted name in Bellingham, WA, for creating healthy homes. Give us a call today—we can schedule a free consultation to help with your next home improvement project.

Choosing the Right Furnace by Fuel Type

Your first decision is easy: choosing the fuel type.

The most common source is natural gas. Your local utility company supplies fuel to your home through an underground gas line. The price of natural gas is relatively stable, so you don’t have to worry about cost fluctuations. Plus, you never need to worry about storage.

  • If you have access to a natural gas line, we strongly recommend a gas furnace. These furnaces have proven their value over the years for providing steady comfort on the coldest of days.
  • Oil furnaces are a popular alternative in the United States, particularly in parts of the Northeast that do not have easy access to natural gas. These types of furnaces last longer than gas furnaces but do not operate as efficiently. Oil prices fluctuate more than natural gas prices, making it harder to gauge your monthly expenses. Plus, you will need a storage tank for the oil.
  • Electric furnaces tend to last longer than gas furnaces and cost less to install. On the other hand, they are more expensive to operate and take longer to heat your home. Anyone living in a cold climate would enjoy more comfort with a gas or oil furnace.

Choosing the Right Furnace Speed

Furnaces run at different speeds. The operating speed you choose will impact your comfort, budget, and indoor air quality (IAQ).

Single-stage furnaces have just two settings, on or off. Your furnace switches on and continues to run to reach the desired temperature. Once it reaches the temperature, the furnace turns off. Single-stage furnaces are the most affordable models and easiest to install. But they are the least efficient and tend to create hot and cold spots in larger homes.

Two-stage furnaces run at full speed and half speed. This allows your furnace to heat your home more evenly, producing a more consistent temperature from room to room. In addition to producing better heating, the half-speed setting is much quieter.

Variable-speed furnaces are the gold standard of the heating world. These models adjust their speeds to provide precise comfort. They run longer at slower speeds, improving efficiencies while lowering your energy bills. Because they do not frequently cycle on and off, these systems tend to have fewer breakdowns.

Variable-speed furnaces are much more adept in maintaining your indoor air quality, catching harmful particles, and eliminating excess moisture that causes mold growth. Larger homes benefit tremendously from variable-speed furnaces.

Choosing an Efficient Furnace

The AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating on your furnace indicates how much energy it converts. An energy-efficient furnace with an AFUE rating of 95 can convert 95 percent of the energy it consumes into heat.

The higher the AFUE rating, the more money you save on monthly utility bills. Energy-efficient furnaces emit fewer greenhouse gases and make less noise when they operate. If you want to reduce your home’s carbon footprint, the perfect place to start is with your heating and cooling equipment!

How Much Money Can a New Furnace Save You?

Our AFUE energy savings calculator can help determine how much you could save on your Bellingham, WA, area utility bills. Enter your current unit’s AFUE value and compare it to a newer, more efficient system.

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Furnace Installation or Replacement

Don’t invest in a quality HVAC system and then hire a substandard contractor to install it. You will never enjoy the full benefits of a system installed incorrectly.

At West Mechanical, we specialize in installing equipment the right way. We take our time to ensure everything is measured correctly. Our team will also conduct a thorough energy audit of your home to find additional ways to lower your energy use.

Be sure to ask about our convenient financing options designed to make it easy for you to create your dream home.

Furnace Repairs

Odd-sounding noises, a spike in energy bills, or constant cycling—these signs indicate a problem with your furnace. Don’t wait for a minor issue to turn into a costly problem. Give us a call today if you detect a problem with your HVAC system. We promise never to replace a part unless necessary—or if we can demonstrate significant cost savings.

Furnace Maintenance

Want to get the most value from your HVAC system? Develop a preventative maintenance plan. Doing so can rejuvenate your equipment, increase your comfort, and lower your operating costs.

Give us a call today and ask about our customized Comfort Club tailored to fit your budget and needs. Enjoy peace of mind knowing a trusted professional is watching over your HVAC equipment.

Call Us Today

Our entire team at West Mechanical values the trust you placed in our company—we promise to work extra hard to keep your business. Let us install your next furnace. Give our Bellingham, WA, office a call today for a free consultation. Call us at 360-734-7599 or request service online today.

Join Our Team!

We’re always looking for new team members to join our team. Our great reputation in the community is built on over 43 years of experience with highly satisfied customers throughout Bellingham and the surrounding areas.

“West Mechanical is great! Unfortunately I don’t remember the tech who came out but my furnace was acting up and after I was not able to figure it out and calling around local and every place was backed up West Mechanical came out right away from Bellingham to Burlington and in no time they had figured out it was a dirty sensor and so they did a 5 year cleaning and fixed the problem! The tech was great even after I apologized for the inconvenience of where my furnace is at he had no issues and didn’t mind. Great customer service, very fair price and company!”
- Aaron O.

“We cannot recommend this company enough. We woke up to a cold house. Called West Mechanical and within an hour they were already scheduling someone to come out! That day! The repair man was courteous and answered all of our questions. They scheduled another appointment right there for further work to be done! Then on the worst snow day, Levy braved the roads and drove his own vehicle in order to get here to finish the work. Excellent, excellent customer service!”

- Paul G.

“Alex A. did an amazing job! He is knowledgeable and provided excellent customer service. We will definitely be using this company for all future maintenance needs and when it comes time to replace our furnace!”

– River L.

- River L.

“Very, very reasonable pricing and pleasantly surprised with the cost of servicing our furnace! Unlike some companies that charge a huge fee just to show up before even doing any work. West Mechanical was courteous setting up our service appointment from the start. Great communication keeping us informed every step of the way with text messages. Service technicians arrived on date & time of appointment, were very courteous, knowledgeable, and professional explaining every aspect of their work. Highly recommend West Mechanical for all HVAC needs and will definitely use them again.”

– Sheldon A.

- Sheldon A.

“The whole Team is stellar! From my first conversation with Amanda, tech visit from Juan to find out I needed a whole new furnace. Then Chris to evaluate what I needed & install by Ryan. There wasn’t a second during the whole process that wasn’t professional. You all were (are) amazing! Great service great product, thank you for making my needs your priority!”

– Gina C.

- Gina C.

“I will always use West Mechanical for any heating needs. They installed a new furnace a few years ago and have annually maintained it with a strong guarantee of service. Their work is prompt, professional and thorough. Highly recommend!”

– Kim F.

- Kim F.