What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

February 26, 2019

When it’s time to get a new furnace, there are many things you should think about before making a decision on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, Honke Heating & AC can help you choose the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfy.

Fuel Source
One of the first aspects you need to decide 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 vital 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 among these options. A two-stage furnace works great for many homes. Stage one of a two-stage furnace works at about 65 percent of its capacity, and stage two will kick in for a heating increase on the frigid Gresham days. But if you want to go for the best choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be a good option.

In contrast to single- and two-stage models, variable capacity furnaces don’t have a specific number of stages to go through to create heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually run at different capacities to reach your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to include a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another feature to discuss. You could save money by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you typically use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want more details about zoning solutions for your home, Honke Heating & AC can help.

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

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to consider 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 gets out through places like the furnace venting. For a high-efficiency furnace, you’ll want to look for an AFUE rating of 90 to 98.7 percent.

As you can see, many factors come into play when searching for a replacement furnace. But, you don’t have to tackle this by yourself. Honke Heating & AC is here to answer all of your questions and help you find a furnace that suits your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 503-663-8033 or book an appointment with us online.