What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

February 26, 2019

When it’s time to replace your furnace, there are several things you should assess before making a judgement on a particular replacement furnace. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, Knoechel Heating Company can help you choose the furnace that will keep your home warm and cozy.

Fuel Source
One of the first aspects you need to consider 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 important to know which type of fuel is required for your new furnace.

Furnace Type
You’ll also want to determine 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 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 works at about 65 percent of its capacity, and stage two will kick in for a heating blast on the coldest Zelienople days. But if you want to go for the greatest choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be an ideal solution.

Unlike single- and two-stage models, variable capacity furnaces don’t have a set number of stages to go through to create heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually operate 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 the entire home at the same temperature. If you want more to know more about zoning possibilities for your home, Knoechel Heating Company can help.

Size
Another important part of selecting the best furnace for your home is confirming it’s the correct 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 Zelienople 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 escapes 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 searching for a replacement furnace. But, we can help. Knoechel Heating Company is here to answer all of your questions and help you select a furnace that fits your home and heating needs. Just give us a call at 724-425-5852 or book an appointment with us online.