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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

When it’s time to look for a new 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, Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling can help you select the furnace that will keep your home warm and cozy.

Fuel Source
One of the first aspects you need to think about 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 important 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 successfully meet your needs. Furnaces are offered 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 works great 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 increase on the frigid Greater Richmond days. But if you want to go for the ultimate choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be a good option.

Different from 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 run at different capacities to meet your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to factor in a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another thing to think about. You could save costs by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you normally use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want more to know more about zoning options for your home, Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling can help.

Size
Another key part of picking the best furnace for your home is confirming 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 continuously cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to keep up on the coldest Greater Richmond days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to review 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 gets out 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. Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & 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 804-302-6657 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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