When it’s time to look for a new furnace, there are several things you should consider before making a judgement on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, Hopper Heating and Air can help you select the furnace that will keep your home warm and cozy.
One of the first things 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 critical to know which type of fuel is required for your new furnace.
You’ll also want to decide which type of furnace you’d prefer to effectively 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 among these options. A two-stage furnace works great 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 blast on the chilly Shelby 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 certain 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 costs 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 possibilities for your home, Hopper Heating and Air can help.
Another critical part of picking the best furnace for your home is confirming it’s the correct 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 Shelby days.
Last, but certainly not least, you need to check 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 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, there’s a lot to consider when shopping for a replacement furnace. But, we can help. Hopper Heating and Air is here to answer all of your questions and help you choose a furnace that fits your home and heating needs. Chat with our technicians at 704-233-7363 or schedule an appointment with us online.