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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 a number of things you should think about before making a conclusion on a particular replacement furnace. With your house and your family’s needs in mind, Forster Heating can help you select the furnace that will keep your home warm and cozy.

Fuel Source
One of the first things you need to decide is which fuel source your new furnace will use. The majority of furnaces in North America run on 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 decide which type of furnace you’d prefer to appropriately 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 well 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 blast on the frigid Auburn days. Though if you want to go for the ultimate choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be right for you.

Unlike single- and two-stage models, variable capacity furnaces don’t have a set number of stages to go through to provide heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually run at different capacities to answer your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to include a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another consideration. You could save costs by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you regularly use, rather than trying to keep the entire home at the same temperature. If you want more details about zoning solutions for your home, Forster Heating can help.

Size
Another critical part of picking the best furnace for your home is making sure it’s the correct size for your home. If your furnace is too large for your home’s heating needs, it will waste a lot of energy constantly cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to keep up on the coldest Auburn 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 escapes 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 shopping for a replacement furnace. But, you don’t have to tackle this by yourself. Forster Heating is here to answer all of your questions and help you choose a furnace that fits your home and heating needs. Chat with our technicians at 530-885-8081 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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