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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 a number of things you should consider before making a judgement on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can help you select the furnace that will keep your home warm and cozy.

Fuel Source
One of the first factors you need to decide is which fuel source your new furnace will use. The majority of furnaces in North America utilize natural gas, but some residences are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s important to know which type of fuel is needed for your new furnace.

Furnace Type
You’ll also want to decide which type of furnace you’d prefer to appropriately meet your needs. Furnaces come 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 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 Olathe days. Though if you want to go for the greatest 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 set number of stages to go through to provide heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually work at different capacities to reach your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to factor in 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 normally use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want more details about zoning solutions for your home, Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can help.

Size
Another critical part of picking the best furnace for your home is making sure 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 warm your home on the coldest Olathe days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to consider your furnace’s energy efficiency rating. A furnace’s efficiency is calculated 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 gets out through places like the furnace venting. A high-efficiency furnace will have an AFUE rating of 90 to 98.7 percent.

As you can see, many factors come into play when searching for a replacement furnace. But, you’re not in this alone. Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is here to answer all of your questions and help you find a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 913-432-3342 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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