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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

When it’s time to get 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, Schagrin Gas Company can help you select the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfy.

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 homes are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s critical to know which type of fuel is required for your new furnace.

Furnace Type
You’ll also want to consider which type of furnace you’d prefer to appropriately 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 among these options. A two-stage furnace works great for many homes. Stage one of a two-stage furnace operates at about 65 percent of its capacity, and stage two will kick in for a heating blast on the frigid Middletown days. Though if you want to go for the greatest choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be right for you.

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 run at different capacities to answer your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to incorporate 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 typically use, rather than trying to keep every room at the same temperature. If you want more details about zoning solutions for your home, Schagrin Gas Company can help.

Size
Another key part of picking the best furnace for your home is confirming 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 constantly cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to warm your home on the coldest Middletown days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to review 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 looking for a replacement furnace. But, you’re not in this alone. Schagrin Gas Company is here to answer all of your questions and help you find a furnace that suits your home and heating needs. Just give us a call at 302-231-1380 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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