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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

When it’s time to get a new furnace, there are a number of things you should assess before making a conclusion on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, American HVAC Inc can help you choose the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfy.

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 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 required for your new furnace.

Furnace Type
You’ll also want to decide which type of furnace you’d prefer to successfully meet your needs. Furnaces are offered 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 amid 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 increase on the frigid San Jose days. However, if you want to go for the best 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 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 include a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another thing to think about. You could save on your energy bills by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you regularly use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want more details about zoning possibilities for your home, American HVAC Inc can help.

Size
Another critical part of selecting the best furnace for your home is ensuring it’s the correct size for your space. 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 San Jose 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 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. 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 looking for a replacement furnace. But, you’re not in this alone. American HVAC Inc is here to answer all of your questions and help you find a furnace that suits your home and heating needs. Chat with our technicians at 408-215-1018 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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