What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

February 26, 2019

When it’s time to replace your furnace, there are several things you should assess before making a conclusion on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, Air Houston Mechanical LLC can help you find 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 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 needed for your new furnace.

Furnace Type
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 among these options. A two-stage furnace works well for many homes. Stage one of a two-stage furnace operates at about 65 percent of its capacity, and stage two will kick in for a heating boost on the frigid Huffman days. However, if you want to go for the ultimate 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 set number of stages to go through to create heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually run at different capacities to answer your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to factor in 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 typically use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want more to know more about zoning options for your home, Air Houston Mechanical LLC can help.

Size
Another key part of choosing 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 Huffman days.

Efficiency
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 identifies 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. 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’re not in this alone. Air Houston Mechanical LLC 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 832-224-3887 or schedule an appointment with us online.