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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

When it’s time to get a new furnace, there are a number of things you should think about before making a judgement on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, 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 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 important 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 effectively meet your needs. Furnaces are available in single-stage, two-stage or variable capacity models. A single-stage furnace blows heat continually 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 increase on the frigid Lake Forest days. But if you want to go for the ultimate 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 certain number of stages to go through to deliver heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually run at different capacities to answer your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to include a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another feature to discuss. You could save money 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 information about zoning solutions for your home, 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can help.

Size
Another key part of picking 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 constantly cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to warm your home on the coldest Lake Forest 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 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 escapes 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, it helps to do some research when shopping for a replacement furnace. But, we can help. 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. is here to answer all of your questions and help you choose a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Just give us a call at 949-204-0859 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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