When it’s time to look for a new furnace, there are many things you should consider before making a judgement on a particular replacement furnace. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, Brogan Heating & AC Inc can help you choose the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfortable.
One of the first things 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 determine 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 is a good fit 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 boost on the frigid Rochester days. However, if you want to go for the ultimate choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be a good option.
Different from 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 work at different capacities to meet 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 whole house at the same temperature. If you want more to know more about zoning solutions for your home, Brogan Heating & AC Inc can help.
Another key part of picking the best furnace for your home is ensuring it’s the right size for your home. 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 provide adequate heat on the coldest Rochester days.
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 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 escapes through places like the furnace venting. In order to have a high-efficiency furnace, make sure to find a system with an AFUE rating of 90 to 98.7 percent.
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when looking for a replacement furnace. But, we can help. Brogan Heating & AC Inc is here to answer all of your questions and help you find a furnace that suits your home and heating needs. Chat with our technicians at 507-218-0088 or book an appointment with us online.