When it’s time to get a new furnace, there are a number of things you should assess before making a decision on a particular replacement furnace. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. can help you find the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfortable.
One of the first factors you need to think about is which fuel source your new furnace will use. The majority of furnaces in North America run on natural gas, but some residences are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s important to know which type of fuel is necessary for your new furnace.
You’ll also want to consider which type of furnace you’d prefer to successfully 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 within these options. A two-stage furnace is a good fit 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 boost on the chilly West Columbia days. Though 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 specific number of stages to go through to provide heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually work at different capacities to answer your heating needs.
Whether you want to factor in a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another consideration. You could save costs by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you regularly use, rather than trying to keep the entire home at the same temperature. If you want more information about zoning options for your home, Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. can help.
Another important part of picking the best furnace for your home is ensuring 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 incessantly cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to keep up on the coldest West Columbia days.
Last, but certainly not least, you need to consider 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 gets out 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 shopping for a replacement furnace. But, you’re not in this alone. Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. is here to answer all of your questions and help you choose a furnace that fits your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 803-265-4208 or schedule an appointment with us online.