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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

When it’s time to get a new furnace, there are several things you should assess before making a decision on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, Branson HVAC, LLC can help you find the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfortable.

Fuel Source
One of the first things 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 vital 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 successfully meet your needs. Furnaces are available 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 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 coldest Ridgedale and the Branson area 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 certain number of stages to go through to provide heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually operate at different capacities to meet your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to incorporate a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another thing to think about. You could save costs 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 to know more about zoning options for your home, Branson HVAC, LLC can help.

Size
Another key 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 warm your home on the coldest Ridgedale and the Branson area days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to check your furnace’s energy efficiency rating. A furnace’s efficiency is determined 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 escapes 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 searching for a replacement furnace. But, we can help. Branson HVAC, LLC is here to answer all of your questions and help you select a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Chat with our technicians at 417-319-1779 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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