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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

When it’s time to replace your furnace, there are many things you should think about before making a decision on a particular replacement furnace. With your house and your family’s needs in mind, Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can help you choose 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 use natural gas, but some residences 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 decide 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 among these options. A two-stage furnace is a good fit 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 increase on the chilly Oxford days. But if you want to go for the ultimate choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be a good option.

Different from single- and two-stage models, variable capacity furnaces don’t have a set number of stages to go through to deliver heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually operate at different capacities to reach your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to factor in a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another feature to discuss. You could save costs by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you typically use, rather than trying to keep every room at the same temperature. If you want more information about zoning options for your home, Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can help.

Size
Another important part of picking the best furnace for your home is ensuring it’s the right size for your home. If your furnace is too large for your home’s heating needs, it will waste a lot of energy continuously cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to warm your home on the coldest Oxford days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to review 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. 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 looking for a replacement furnace. But, you’re not in this alone. Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. is here to answer all of your questions and help you select a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Just give us a call at 662-281-1231 or book an appointment with us online.

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