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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 a number of things you should assess before making a conclusion on a particular replacement furnace. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, KDM Service Corporation can help you select 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 use 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 necessary for your new furnace.

Furnace Type
You’ll also want to decide 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 consistently 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 boost on the chilly Tuscaloosa days. But if you want to go for the ultimate 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 set 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 include a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another thing to think about. You could save money by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you regularly use, rather than trying to keep the entire home at the same temperature. If you want more information about zoning possibilities for your home, KDM Service Corporation can help.

Size
Another important part of choosing the best furnace for your home is ensuring it’s the right size for your house. 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 keep up on the coldest Tuscaloosa 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 signifies 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 is lost 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 shopping for a replacement furnace. But, you don’t have to tackle this by yourself. KDM Service Corporation is here to answer all of your questions and help you choose a furnace that fits your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 205-208-8090 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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