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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

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When it’s time to look for a new furnace, there are a number of things you should consider before making a conclusion on a particular replacement furnace. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, Anderson Heating & A/C can help you choose the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfy.

Fuel Source
One of the first factors you need to decide is which fuel source your new furnace will use. The majority of furnaces in North America use natural gas, but some homes are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s vital to know which type of fuel is required for your new furnace.

Furnace Type
You’ll also want to decide which type of furnace you’d prefer to successfully meet your needs. Furnaces come 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 within these options. A two-stage furnace works well 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 Carson City days. But if you want to go for the best 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 specific number of stages to go through to provide heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually work at different capacities to meet your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to include a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another thing to think about. You could save money by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you normally use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want more information about zoning possibilities for your home, Anderson Heating & A/C can help.

Size
Another key part of picking the best furnace for your home is confirming it’s the right size for your house. 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 Carson City days.

Efficiency
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 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 shopping for a replacement furnace. But, you’re not in this alone. Anderson Heating & A/C is here to answer all of your questions and help you choose a furnace that suits your home and heating needs. Chat with our technicians at 775-230-7628 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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