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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

When it’s time to replace your 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, Colvin's Heating and Cooling can help you choose the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfy.

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

Furnace Type
You’ll also want to determine 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 constantly at one speed and isn’t the strongest in efficiency among these options. A two-stage furnace is a good fit for many homes. Stage one of a two-stage furnace runs at about 65 percent of its capacity, and stage two will kick in for a heating boost on the frigid Excelsior Springs days. But if you want to go for the ultimate choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be an ideal solution.

In contrast to 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 meet your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to include a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another consideration. You could save on your energy bills 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 details about zoning options for your home, Colvin's Heating and Cooling can help.

Size
Another critical part of choosing the best furnace for your home is ensuring 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 continuously cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to keep up on the coldest Excelsior Springs 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, there’s a lot to consider when looking for a replacement furnace. But, you don’t have to tackle this by yourself. Colvin's Heating and Cooling 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 816-379-3918 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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