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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

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 house and your family’s needs in mind, James Heating & A/C, Inc can help you find the furnace that will keep your home warm and cozy.

Fuel Source
One of the first things 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 residences are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s critical to know which type of fuel is necessary for your new furnace.

Furnace Type
You’ll also want to consider which type of furnace you’d prefer to effectively meet your needs. Furnaces come 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 within these options. A two-stage furnace is a good fit 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 blast on the frigid Lexington days. However, if you want to go for the ultimate choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be an ideal solution.

Different from single- and two-stage models, variable capacity furnaces don’t have a certain number of stages to go through to provide heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually operate at different capacities to reach 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 money by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you typically use, rather than trying to keep every room at the same temperature. If you want more details about zoning options for your home, James Heating & A/C, Inc can help.

Size
Another important part of picking the best furnace for your home is making sure it’s the correct size for your house. If your furnace is too large for your home’s heating needs, it will waste a lot of energy incessantly cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to warm your home on the coldest Lexington days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to check 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 gets out 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. James Heating & A/C, Inc is here to answer all of your questions and help you find a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Chat with our technicians at 336-853-6070 or book an appointment with us online.

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