When it’s time to look for a new furnace, there are several things you should think about before making a decision on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, KDM Service Corporation can help you find the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfy.
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 utilize natural gas, but some homes are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s critical to know which type of fuel is necessary for your new furnace.
You’ll also want to decide 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 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. However, if you want to go for the best choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be an ideal solution.
Unlike single- and two-stage models, variable capacity furnaces don’t have a set number of stages to go through to create heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually operate at different capacities to meet your heating needs.
Whether you want to incorporate 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 information about zoning solutions for your home, KDM Service Corporation can help.
Another critical part of picking the best furnace for your home is confirming 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 incessantly cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to keep up on the coldest Tuscaloosa days.
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 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, it helps to do some research when shopping for a replacement furnace. But, you’re not in this alone. KDM Service Corporation is here to answer all of your questions and help you select a furnace that fits your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 205-208-8090 or arrange an appointment with us online.