When it’s time to look for a new furnace, there are many things you should think about before making a conclusion on a particular replacement furnace. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning can help you find the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfy.
One of the first aspects you need to consider is which fuel source your new furnace will use. The majority of furnaces in North America run on natural gas, but some homes are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s critical to know which type of fuel is needed for your new furnace.
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 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 Arlington days. Though if you want to go for the greatest 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 set number of stages to go through to deliver heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually work at different capacities to reach your heating needs.
Whether you want to incorporate 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 entire home at the same temperature. If you want more to know more about zoning solutions for your home, Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning can help.
Another important part of selecting the best furnace for your home is making sure it’s the correct 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 warm your home on the coldest Arlington 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 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, there’s a lot to consider when shopping for a replacement furnace. But, we can help. Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning is here to answer all of your questions and help you select a furnace that fits your home and heating needs. Chat with our technicians at 360-255-5857 or arrange an appointment with us online.