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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

When it’s time to replace your furnace, there are many things you should consider before making a conclusion on a particular replacement furnace. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, Clean Air HVAC can help you select the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfortable.

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

Furnace Type
You’ll also want to determine 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 constantly at one speed and isn’t the strongest in efficiency amid 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 increase on the coldest Pacheco days. However, if you want to go for the ultimate choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be a good option.

Different from 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 run at different capacities to answer your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to include a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another feature to discuss. You could save costs by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you regularly use, rather than trying to keep every room at the same temperature. If you want more details about zoning possibilities for your home, Clean Air HVAC can help.

Size
Another key part of selecting the best furnace for your home is confirming it’s the proper size for your house. 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 warm your home on the coldest Pacheco days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to review your furnace’s energy efficiency rating. A furnace’s efficiency is measured 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 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 searching for a replacement furnace. But, we can help. Clean Air HVAC is here to answer all of your questions and help you find a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 925-233-6238 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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