When it’s time to replace your furnace, there are many things you should think about before making a decision on a particular replacement furnace. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, Moyer Total Indoor Comfort can help you find the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfortable.
One of the first aspects you need to think about 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 vital to know which type of fuel is necessary for your new furnace.
You’ll also want to consider 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 continually at one speed and isn’t the strongest in efficiency amid 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 chilly Kutztown and Breinigsville 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 deliver heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually operate at different capacities to meet 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 every room at the same temperature. If you want more information about zoning possibilities for your home, Moyer Total Indoor Comfort can help.
Another key part of picking the best furnace for your home is making sure it’s the proper size for your house. 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 keep up on the coldest Kutztown and Breinigsville days.
Last, but certainly not least, you need to consider your furnace’s energy efficiency rating. A furnace’s efficiency is calculated 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. For a high-efficiency furnace, you’ll want to look for 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, you’re not in this alone. Moyer Total Indoor Comfort is here to answer all of your questions and help you select a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Just give us a call at 484-646-3363 or schedule an appointment with us online.