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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 judgement on a particular replacement furnace. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. can help you select the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfortable.

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 utilize natural gas, but some houses are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s vital to know which type of fuel is required 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 among these options. A two-stage furnace works great 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 increase on the frigid Midlothian days. But if you want to go for the best choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be right for you.

Unlike 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 meet your heating needs.

Zoning
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 every room at the same temperature. If you want more to know more about zoning possibilities for your home, Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. can help.

Size
Another critical part of choosing the best furnace for your home is ensuring it’s the correct size for your house. 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 warm your home on the coldest Midlothian days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to review your furnace’s energy efficiency rating. A furnace’s efficiency is calculated 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. 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’re not in this alone. Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. is here to answer all of your questions and help you find a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Just give us a call at 804-372-0313 or book an appointment with us online.

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