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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

When it’s time to replace your furnace, there are several things you should assess before making a judgement on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, Kapaun & Brown Inc. can help you find the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfy.

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 run on 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 consider which type of furnace you’d prefer to effectively 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 amid these options. A two-stage furnace works great 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 blast on the frigid Marshalltown days. But 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 certain number of stages to go through to create 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 feature to discuss. You could save on your energy bills 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 information about zoning solutions for your home, Kapaun & Brown Inc. can help.

Size
Another critical part of selecting 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 constantly cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to provide adequate heat on the coldest Marshalltown 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 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, there’s a lot to consider when searching for a replacement furnace. But, you don’t have to tackle this by yourself. Kapaun & Brown Inc. is here to answer all of your questions and help you find a furnace that fits your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 641-753-3563 or book an appointment with us online.

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