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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

When it’s time to get a new furnace, there are many things you should assess before making a conclusion on a particular replacement furnace. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, Air Alliance Team can help you choose the furnace that will keep your home warm and cozy.

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 residences are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s important to know which type of fuel is required for your new furnace.

Furnace Type
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 consistently 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 works at about 65 percent of its capacity, and stage two will kick in for a heating increase on the chilly Saint Charles days. But if you want to go for the greatest 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 set number of stages to go through to deliver heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually work at different capacities to reach your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to include a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another consideration. You could save money by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you normally use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want more information about zoning options for your home, Air Alliance Team can help.

Size
Another important part of selecting the best furnace for your home is confirming it’s the right 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 warm your home on the coldest Saint Charles 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 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 searching for a replacement furnace. But, you don’t have to tackle this by yourself. Air Alliance Team is here to answer all of your questions and help you choose a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Chat with our technicians at 636-229-1544 or book an appointment with us online.

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