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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

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When it’s time to look for a new 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, AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC can help you select the furnace that will keep your home warm and cozy.

Fuel Source
One of the first things you need to decide is which fuel source your new furnace will use. The majority of furnaces in North America use 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 necessary 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 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 amid these options. A two-stage furnace works great 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 Rogers days. But if you want to go for the ultimate choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be a good option.

Unlike single- and two-stage models, variable capacity furnaces don’t have a set number of stages to go through to deliver heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually work at different capacities to meet your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to factor in a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another feature to discuss. You could save money by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you regularly use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want more details about zoning solutions for your home, AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC can help.

Size
Another important part of choosing the best furnace for your home is making sure it’s the proper 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 provide adequate heat on the coldest Rogers days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to consider 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. A high-efficiency furnace will have 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 don’t have to tackle this by yourself. AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC is here to answer all of your questions and help you select a furnace that fits your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 479-226-8196 or book an appointment with us online.

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