What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

February 26, 2019

When it’s time to get a new furnace, there are several things you should assess before making a judgement on a particular replacement furnace. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc can help you choose the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfortable.

Fuel Source
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 utilize natural gas, but some homes 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 decide 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 among these options. A two-stage furnace works great 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 blast on the chilly Bossier City days. But if you want to go for the best 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 provide heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually operate at different capacities to meet your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to incorporate a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another thing to think about. You could save on your energy bills 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 possibilities for your home, Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc can help.

Size
Another critical part of selecting 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 constantly cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to keep up on the coldest Bossier City days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to review 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 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 shopping for a replacement furnace. But, we can help. Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc is here to answer all of your questions and help you select a furnace that suits your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 318-855-2326 or book an appointment with us online.