What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

February 26, 2019

When it’s time to replace your furnace, there are a number of things you should assess before making a judgement on a particular replacement furnace. With your house and your family’s needs in mind, Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning can help you find the furnace that will keep your home warm and cozy.

Fuel Source
One of the first factors 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 needed 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 offered in single-stage, two-stage or variable capacity models. A single-stage furnace blows heat consistently 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 works at about 65 percent of its capacity, and stage two will kick in for a heating increase on the chilly Wyandotte days. However, 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 certain number of stages to go through to create heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually work at different capacities to answer your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to incorporate a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another thing to think about. You could save costs by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you regularly use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want more to know more about zoning possibilities for your home, Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning can help.

Size
Another important part of choosing the best furnace for your home is ensuring it’s the correct size for your space. 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 Wyandotte days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to review your furnace’s energy efficiency rating. A furnace’s efficiency is measured 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. 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 searching for a replacement furnace. But, you’re not in this alone. Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning is here to answer all of your questions and help you find a furnace that fits your home and heating needs. Just give us a call at 734-363-8907 or schedule an appointment with us online.