When it’s time to get a new furnace, there are several things you should consider before making a decision on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, Ilten's Incorporated can help you select the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfy.
One of the first aspects you need to think about 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 important to know which type of fuel is required for your new furnace.
You’ll also want to determine which type of furnace you’d prefer to effectively meet your needs. Furnaces come in single-stage, two-stage or variable capacity models. A single-stage furnace blows heat consistently 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 operates at about 65 percent of its capacity, and stage two will kick in for a heating increase on the coldest Cedar Rapids days. But if you want to go for the ultimate choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be an ideal solution.
In contrast to 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 work at different capacities to meet your heating needs.
Whether you want to include a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another thing to think about. You could save money by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you normally use, rather than trying to keep every room at the same temperature. If you want more information about zoning possibilities for your home, Ilten's Incorporated can help.
Another key part of picking the best furnace for your home is ensuring it’s the proper 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 warm your home on the coldest Cedar Rapids days.
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 signifies 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 looking for a replacement furnace. But, you don’t have to tackle this by yourself. Ilten's Incorporated is here to answer all of your questions and help you choose a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 319-208-3295 or schedule an appointment with us online.