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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

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When it’s time to get a new furnace, there are many things you should consider before making a conclusion on a particular replacement furnace. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning can help you select the furnace that will keep your home warm and cozy.

Fuel Source
One of the first things 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 houses are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s vital to know which type of fuel is required for your new furnace.

Furnace Type
You’ll also want to determine which type of furnace you’d prefer to successfully meet your needs. Furnaces are available in single-stage, two-stage or variable capacity models. A single-stage furnace blows heat continually at one speed and isn’t the strongest in efficiency within these options. A two-stage furnace is a good fit for many homes. Stage one of a two-stage furnace runs at about 65 percent of its capacity, and stage two will kick in for a heating increase on the frigid York days. But if you want to go for the greatest 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 specific number of stages to go through to deliver heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually work at different capacities to meet your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to incorporate 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 typically use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want more details about zoning options for your home, Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning can help.

Size
Another important part of choosing the best furnace for your home is making sure it’s the right size for your house. 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 provide adequate heat on the coldest York 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 identifies 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. For a high-efficiency furnace, you’ll want to look for an AFUE rating of 90 to 98.7 percent.

As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when searching for a replacement furnace. But, you’re not in this alone. Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning is here to answer all of your questions and help you choose a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Just give us a call at 717-383-4479 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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