When it’s time to get a new furnace, there are several things you should think about before making a judgement on a particular replacement furnace. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC can help you find the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfy.
One of the first aspects you need to think about is which fuel source your new furnace will use. The majority of furnaces in North America use natural gas, but some homes 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 appropriately meet your needs. Furnaces come in single-stage, two-stage or variable capacity models. A single-stage furnace blows heat consistently at one speed and isn’t the strongest in efficiency amid these options. A two-stage furnace is a good fit 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 blast on the coldest Kingsville days. However, if you want to go for the best choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be a good option.
In contrast to single- and two-stage models, variable capacity furnaces don’t have a specific number of stages to go through to deliver heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually work at different capacities to answer your heating needs.
Whether you want to include a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another consideration. You could save on your energy bills by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you regularly use, rather than trying to keep every room at the same temperature. If you want more details about zoning solutions for your home, Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC can help.
Another important part of choosing the best furnace for your home is ensuring it’s the proper size for your house. If your furnace is too large for your home’s heating needs, it will waste a lot of energy incessantly cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to keep up on the coldest Kingsville days.
Last, but certainly not least, you need to check your furnace’s energy efficiency rating. A furnace’s efficiency is calculated by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). This rating represents 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 is lost 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, it helps to do some research when searching for a replacement furnace. But, you don’t have to tackle this by yourself. Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC is here to answer all of your questions and help you select a furnace that fits your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 361-214-1203 or book an appointment with us online.