When it’s time to look for a new furnace, there are many things you should assess before making a conclusion on a particular replacement furnace. With your house and your family’s needs in mind, House of Heating Incorporated can help you select the furnace that will keep your home warm and cozy.
One of the first factors you need to decide is which fuel source your new furnace will use. The majority of furnaces in North America run on natural gas, but some houses are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s important to know which type of fuel is needed for your new furnace.
You’ll also want to decide which type of furnace you’d prefer to successfully meet your needs. Furnaces are available in single-stage, two-stage or variable capacity models. A single-stage furnace blows heat continually at one speed and isn’t the strongest in efficiency within these options. A two-stage furnace works well for many homes. Stage one of a two-stage furnace operates at about 65 percent of its capacity, and stage two will kick in for a heating boost on the coldest Marshfield days. However, if you want to go for the greatest choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be right for you.
Unlike single- and two-stage models, variable capacity furnaces don’t have a certain number of stages to go through to provide heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually run at different capacities to answer your heating needs.
Whether you want to factor in a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another feature to discuss. You could save money by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you typically use, rather than trying to keep the entire home at the same temperature. If you want more details about zoning options for your home, House of Heating Incorporated can help.
Another critical part of selecting the best furnace for your home is ensuring it’s the proper size for your space. If your furnace is too large for your home’s heating needs, it will waste a lot of energy constantly cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to provide adequate heat on the coldest Marshfield days.
Last, but certainly not least, you need to consider your furnace’s energy efficiency rating. A furnace’s efficiency is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). This rating identifies the ratio of annual heat output of the furnace compared to the total annual fossil fuel energy it consumes. For example, an 80 percent AFUE rating means that 80 percent of energy in the fuel heats the home and the other 20 percent gets out through places like the furnace venting. A high-efficiency furnace will have an AFUE rating of 90 to 98.7 percent.
As you can see, many factors come into play when shopping for a replacement furnace. But, we can help. House of Heating Incorporated is here to answer all of your questions and help you select a furnace that suits your home and heating needs. Just give us a call at 715-384-3163 or schedule an appointment with us online.