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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

When it’s time to get a new furnace, there are many things you should think about before making a judgement on a particular replacement furnace. With your house and your family’s needs in mind, Premium Air Services LLC can help you find the furnace that will keep your home warm and cozy.

Fuel Source
One of the first aspects you need to consider is which fuel source your new furnace will use. The majority of furnaces in North America utilize natural gas, but some homes 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 determine 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 within these options. A two-stage furnace works well 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 boost on the coldest Tomball days. But if you want to go for the best 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 certain number of stages to go through to deliver 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 normally use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want more information about zoning possibilities for your home, Premium Air Services LLC can help.

Size
Another key part of picking the best furnace for your home is ensuring it’s the proper size for your space. 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 Tomball 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. In order to have a high-efficiency furnace, make sure to find a system with an AFUE rating of 90 to 98.7 percent.

As you can see, it helps to do some research when searching for a replacement furnace. But, we can help. Premium Air Services LLC is here to answer all of your questions and help you select a furnace that fits your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 713-364-9957 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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