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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

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When it’s time to look for a new furnace, there are many things you should consider before making a conclusion on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, B & B Heating & Cooling can help you select the furnace that will keep your home warm and cozy.

Fuel Source
One of the first things 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 homes 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 decide which type of furnace you’d prefer to appropriately 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 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 Florissant days. Though if you want to go for the best choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be an ideal solution.

Different from single- and two-stage models, variable capacity furnaces don’t have a specific 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 factor in a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another feature to discuss. 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 every room at the same temperature. If you want more details about zoning options for your home, B & B Heating & Cooling can help.

Size
Another important part of selecting the best furnace for your home is confirming 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 continuously cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to provide adequate heat on the coldest Florissant 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, many factors come into play when looking for a replacement furnace. But, you’re not in this alone. B & B Heating & Cooling is here to answer all of your questions and help you select a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 314-325-7552 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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