Does your home need a new furnace, and are you feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the options available to you? Here is what you should be asking when selecting a new furnace.
Should You Use Gas Or Electric Heating?
Furnaces will have one of two fuel sources: gas or electric heat. The type of fuel you use is a personal preference based on where you live and what you feel will be best for your household. In most situations, people pick a gas furnace because it is more energy-efficient when compared to an electric furnace. The exception to this would be when energy rates in your area are low in the winter for electricity, and you end up saving more money over time by selecting an electric furnace. Having access to solar power can also be a good reason to go with an electric furnace instead of gas. Both units will heat your home, so you can choose which type you prefer.
How Efficient Can A Furnace Be?
If it has been a while since you have had a furnace installed, know that the efficiency standards of furnaces has changed quite a bit over the years. While 70% or 80% efficiency used to be the norm, now it is much higher. It is common to not see furnaces any lower than 92% efficiency, with often as high as 98%. This means that for every $1.00 worth of natural gas that is used to power the furnace, anywhere between 2 and 8 cents of that is wasted. It's very important to know that range when you compare different furnaces, so you can understand how efficient your utilities are.
What Is Two-Stage Heating?
An important feature to have on any furnace that you put in your home is two-stage heating. This feature helps you save money by running the furnace at a lower capacity where less energy is used, which is ideal for days where it is not as cold outside and you don't need the furnace running at full capacity.
Two-stage heating works by turning the furnace on at a lower capacity at first, then waiting to determine how difficult it is to raise the temperature of the air at the thermostat. If the low capacity setting doesn't get the job done in a certain amount of time, the furnace switches to its full output to heat your home up faster. Since the furnace turns on and off in short bursts to keep your home at a constant temperature, it means that you'll use less energy to maintain that temperature throughout the day.
For more information about features you should look for in a furnace replacement, contact a local replacement service.