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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

When it’s time to look for a new furnace, there are a number of things you should think about before making a conclusion on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, B&W Services can help you choose the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfortable.

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 houses 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 decide 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 constantly at one speed and isn’t the strongest in efficiency within these options. A two-stage furnace works well 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 frigid Royse City days. Though if you want to go for the best choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be an ideal solution.

In contrast to single- and two-stage models, variable capacity furnaces don’t have a certain number of stages to go through to provide heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually operate at different capacities to reach your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to incorporate a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another feature to discuss. You could save on your energy bills 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 options for your home, B&W Services can help.

Size
Another critical part of selecting the best furnace for your home is making sure it’s the correct size for your home. 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 warm your home on the coldest Royse City days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to review your furnace’s energy efficiency rating. A furnace’s efficiency is determined by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). This rating signifies 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. 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, you don’t have to tackle this by yourself. B&W Services is here to answer all of your questions and help you find a furnace that fits your home and heating needs. Just give us a call at 972-695-2264 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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