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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 assess before making a decision on a particular replacement furnace. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, Alan Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Company can help you select the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfy.

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 use natural gas, but some residences are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s vital 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 successfully 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 amid 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 blast on the coldest Elmhurst days. But if you want to go for the greatest 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 set number of stages to go through to provide heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually operate 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 costs 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 to know more about zoning options for your home, Alan Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Company can help.

Size
Another important part of picking the best furnace for your home is confirming it’s the right size for your space. 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 Elmhurst 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 is lost 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, there’s a lot to consider when shopping for a replacement furnace. But, we can help. Alan Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Company is here to answer all of your questions and help you select a furnace that suits your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 630-570-0252 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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