Furnaces

How to Choose the Right Furnace for Your Home?
As winter is approaching, many homeowners are considering upgrading to a new furnace. Sometimes this can be a difficult process, since there are many different options and brands that are available. The most important thing to keep in mind is to make sure that you are comparing “apples to apples” when considering different furnaces. The following are the three main options to consider when choosing a new furnace.

1. The Efficiency of the Furnace or AFUE Rating (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency)
Today, new furnaces are generally between 80-96% efficient. If a furnace is 96% efficient, it simply means that 96% of the energy that goes into the furnace is converted into heat. Older furnaces in 15+-year-old homes can be as low as 60% efficient. Thus, upgrading to a 96% efficient furnace can reduce heating bills by 30% or more. Typically, in colder weather states such as Wisconsin, a 90%+ efficiency furnace is recommended. The only exception is in vacation homes that are not occupied for extended periods of time during the winter.

2. Variable Speed Fan vs. Single Speed Fan
Many people do not realize that there are options in the types of furnace fans that are available. The furnace fan runs anytime the heating or cooling system is conditioning the air. However, many people choose to run their fan continually. This provides a constant filtration of the air, providing considerably better indoor air quality for you to breathe. Additionally, running the fan all of the time will help even out the temperatures between rooms and provide a constant air flow which results in a much more comfortable living environment. A single speed fan costs approximately $210/year to run continually, where a variable speed fan costs approximately $30/year to run continually. Additionally, a variable speed fan is much quieter and provides a more gradual increase airflow.indoor air quality for you to breathe. Additionally, running the fan all of the time will help even out the temperatures between rooms and provide a constant air flow which results in a much more comfortable living environment. A single speed fan costs approximately $210/year to run continually, where a variable speed fan costs approximately $30/year to run continually. Additionally, a variable speed fan is much quieter and provides a more gradual increase airflow.

3. Single Stage vs. Two-Stage Furnace 
A single-stage furnace will start and finish on high stage. With a two-stage furnace, The furnace will heat your home 83% of the time on low stage and keeps temperatures 73% more consistant then the single stage, Thus, the two-stage furnace decreases energy consumption, while providing a more comfortable, quieter home to live in.

Choosing a new furnace is not an easy task, and it is a choice that you will live with for the next 15+ years. Consider each of the major options carefully to choose a furnace that is going to meet the needs of your family now and in the future.

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