What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

February 26, 2019

When it’s time to replace your furnace, there are many things you should assess before making a decision on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. can help you select the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfy.

Fuel Source
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 utilize 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 consistently at one speed and isn’t the strongest in efficiency amid these options. A two-stage furnace works great for many homes. Stage one of a two-stage furnace works at about 65 percent of its capacity, and stage two will kick in for a heating boost on the chilly Branchville days. Though if you want to go for the best choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be an ideal solution.

Different from single- and two-stage models, variable capacity furnaces don’t have a specific number of stages to go through to provide heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually operate at different capacities to reach your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to factor in 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 normally use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want more to know more about zoning solutions for your home, Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. can help.

Size
Another key part of choosing the best furnace for your home is confirming 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 incessantly cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to provide adequate heat on the coldest Branchville days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to review your furnace’s energy efficiency rating. A furnace’s efficiency is determined by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). This rating signifies 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 searching for a replacement furnace. But, we can help. Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. is here to answer all of your questions and help you find a furnace that suits your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 862-345-6896 or book an appointment with us online.