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 decision on a particular replacement furnace. With your house and your family’s needs in mind, Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning can help you find 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 use natural gas, but some houses are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s critical to know which type of fuel is necessary 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 available 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 is a good fit 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 increase on the chilly Odessa days. Though if you want to go for the ultimate choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be right for you.

Unlike 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 run at different capacities to answer 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 on your energy bills by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you normally use, rather than trying to keep every room at the same temperature. If you want more information about zoning possibilities for your home, Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning can help.

Size
Another important part of selecting the best furnace for your home is ensuring 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 incessantly cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to keep up on the coldest Odessa days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to check your furnace’s energy efficiency rating. A furnace’s efficiency is measured 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. In order to have a high-efficiency furnace, make sure to find a system with an AFUE rating of 90 to 98.7 percent.

As you can see, many factors come into play when looking for a replacement furnace. But, we can help. Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning is here to answer all of your questions and help you select a furnace that suits your home and heating needs. Chat with our technicians at 432-237-0168 or arrange an appointment with us online.