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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 house and your family’s needs in mind, M & S Heating & Air LLC can help you select the furnace that will keep your home warm and cozy.

Fuel Source
One of the first factors you need to think about is which fuel source your new furnace will use. The majority of furnaces in North America use natural gas, but some houses 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.

Furnace Type
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 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 operates at about 65 percent of its capacity, and stage two will kick in for a heating increase on the coldest Mechanicsville days. Though if you want to go for the greatest choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be a good option.

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.

Zoning
Whether you want to include a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another thing to think about. You could save on your energy bills by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you typically use, rather than trying to keep every room at the same temperature. If you want more details about zoning possibilities for your home, M & S Heating & Air LLC can help.

Size
Another critical part of selecting the best furnace for your home is making sure it’s the right size for your home. 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 Mechanicsville days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to review your furnace’s energy efficiency rating. A furnace’s efficiency is calculated 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 looking for a replacement furnace. But, you’re not in this alone. M & S Heating & Air LLC is here to answer all of your questions and help you choose a furnace that suits your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 301-363-4699 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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