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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

February 26, 2019

When it’s time to look for a new furnace, there are a number of things you should assess before making a conclusion on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, PWA Heating & Cooling Inc can help you choose the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfy.

Fuel Source
One of the first aspects you need to decide is which fuel source your new furnace will use. The majority of furnaces in North America use natural gas, but some residences are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s important to know which type of fuel is required for your new furnace.

Furnace Type
You’ll also want to decide which type of furnace you’d prefer to appropriately meet your needs. Furnaces are available 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 amid these options. A two-stage furnace is a good fit 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 increase on the chilly Plainfield days. But if you want to go for the greatest choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be an ideal solution.

In contrast to 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 run at different capacities to answer your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to incorporate a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another consideration. You could save money by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you normally use, rather than trying to keep every room at the same temperature. If you want more to know more about zoning solutions for your home, PWA Heating & Cooling Inc can help.

Size
Another critical part of picking the best furnace for your home is making sure it’s the right 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 provide adequate heat on the coldest Plainfield days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to check 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. 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, many factors come into play when looking for a replacement furnace. But, you don’t have to tackle this by yourself. PWA Heating & Cooling Inc is here to answer all of your questions and help you choose a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 815-410-1231 or schedule an appointment with us online.