What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

February 26, 2019

When it’s time to look for a new furnace, there are many things you should think about before making a decision on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can help you find the furnace that will keep your home warm and cozy.

Fuel Source
One of the first factors you need to think about is which fuel source your new furnace will use. The majority of furnaces in North America utilize natural gas, but some houses are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s important 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 continually at one speed and isn’t the strongest in efficiency within these options. A two-stage furnace works great 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 blast on the coldest McMurray 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 create heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually run at different capacities to meet your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to factor in a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another feature to discuss. You could save costs by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you normally use, rather than trying to keep the entire home at the same temperature. If you want more to know more about zoning solutions for your home, Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can help.

Size
Another key part of choosing the best furnace for your home is making sure 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 warm your home on the coldest McMurray days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to check your furnace’s energy efficiency rating. A furnace’s efficiency is measured 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 escapes through places like the furnace venting. A high-efficiency furnace will have 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, we can help. Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is here to answer all of your questions and help you find a furnace that suits your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 724-370-0141 or schedule an appointment with us online.