What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

February 26, 2019

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, Bell Air Conditioning Inc. can help you select the furnace that will keep your home warm and cozy.

Fuel Source
One of the first aspects 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 vital to know which type of fuel is needed 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 continually 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 runs at about 65 percent of its capacity, and stage two will kick in for a heating boost on the chilly Belton days. But if you want to go for the ultimate choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be a good option.

In contrast to single- and two-stage models, variable capacity furnaces don’t have a specific number of stages to go through to create heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually run at different capacities to reach your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to incorporate a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another consideration. You could save money by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you typically use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want more information about zoning options for your home, Bell Air Conditioning Inc. can help.

Size
Another key part of choosing the best furnace for your home is ensuring it’s the proper size for your home. 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 keep up on the coldest Belton 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 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, it helps to do some research when searching for a replacement furnace. But, we can help. Bell Air Conditioning Inc. 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 254-307-9572 or arrange an appointment with us online.