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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

When it’s time to look for a new furnace, there are many things you should assess before making a judgement on a particular replacement furnace. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, Air Temperature Control can help you find the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfortable.

Fuel Source
One of the first aspects 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 residences are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s vital to know which type of fuel is necessary for your new furnace.

Furnace Type
You’ll also want to consider which type of furnace you’d prefer to effectively meet your needs. Furnaces are offered 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 runs at about 65 percent of its capacity, and stage two will kick in for a heating increase on the coldest Macon days. However, if you want to go for the ultimate choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be an ideal solution.

Unlike 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 run at different capacities to answer your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to incorporate a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another feature to discuss. You could save costs by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you regularly use, rather than trying to keep the entire home at the same temperature. If you want more information about zoning options for your home, Air Temperature Control can help.

Size
Another important part of choosing the best furnace for your home is confirming it’s the right size for your house. If your furnace is too large for your home’s heating needs, it will waste a lot of energy continuously cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to keep up on the coldest Macon days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to check your furnace’s energy efficiency rating. A furnace’s efficiency is determined 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 escapes through places like the furnace venting. For a high-efficiency furnace, you’ll want to look for 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’re not in this alone. Air Temperature Control 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 478-202-3170 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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