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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

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When it’s time to replace your furnace, there are many things you should assess before making a judgement on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning can help you choose the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfortable.

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 utilize natural gas, but some homes 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 consider 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 constantly 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 works at about 65 percent of its capacity, and stage two will kick in for a heating increase on the frigid Drexel Hill days. However, if you want to go for the greatest 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 specific number of stages to go through to deliver heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually work at different capacities to reach 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 regularly use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want more to know more about zoning possibilities for your home, O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning can help.

Size
Another important part of choosing the best furnace for your home is ensuring it’s the correct 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 Drexel Hill 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 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, there’s a lot to consider when shopping for a replacement furnace. But, you’re not in this alone. O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning is here to answer all of your questions and help you find a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Chat with our technicians at 610-257-7035 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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