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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

When it’s time to get a new furnace, there are a number of things you should think about before making a decision on a particular replacement furnace. With your house and your family’s needs in mind, Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling can help you find the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfy.

Fuel Source
One of the first factors you need to think about 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 critical to know which type of fuel is required for your new furnace.

Furnace Type
You’ll also want to determine which type of furnace you’d prefer to successfully meet your needs. Furnaces are offered in single-stage, two-stage or variable capacity models. A single-stage furnace blows heat constantly at one speed and isn’t the strongest in efficiency within 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 boost on the coldest Columbus days. Though if you want to go for the best choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be right for you.

In contrast to 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.

Zoning
Whether you want to include 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 regularly use, rather than trying to keep the entire home at the same temperature. If you want more details about zoning options for your home, Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling can help.

Size
Another critical part of choosing the best furnace for your home is ensuring it’s the correct size for your house. 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 warm your home on the coldest Columbus days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to consider 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 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, it helps to do some research when looking for a replacement furnace. But, we can help. Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling is here to answer all of your questions and help you choose a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Just give us a call at 614-451-0846 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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