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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

When it’s time to replace your furnace, there are a number of things you should consider before making a conclusion on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, Stieferman Heating Company Inc can help you find the furnace that will keep your home warm and cozy.

Fuel Source
One of the first factors you need to consider is which fuel source your new furnace will use. The majority of furnaces in North America use 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 needed for your new furnace.

Furnace Type
You’ll also want to consider which type of furnace you’d prefer to effectively 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 is a good fit 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 boost on the coldest Jefferson City days. But if you want to go for the greatest choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be right for you.

Different from single- and two-stage models, variable capacity furnaces don’t have a specific number of stages to go through to create heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually operate at different capacities to meet your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to factor in a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another consideration. You could save on your energy bills by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you typically use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want more details about zoning options for your home, Stieferman Heating Company Inc can help.

Size
Another critical part of picking 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 keep up on the coldest Jefferson City 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 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, it helps to do some research when searching for a replacement furnace. But, you don’t have to tackle this by yourself. Stieferman Heating Company Inc is here to answer all of your questions and help you select a furnace that fits your home and heating needs. Just give us a call at 573-203-3908 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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