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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

When it’s time to look for a new furnace, there are several things you should assess before making a decision on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, WM J Kraus & Son can help you find the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfy.

Fuel Source
One of the first things 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 houses are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s critical to know which type of fuel is needed 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 come 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 within 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 blast on the frigid Keokuk days. But if you want to go for the ultimate choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be an ideal solution.

Unlike single- and two-stage models, variable capacity furnaces don’t have a set number of stages to go through to create heat. A variable capacity furnace can actually operate at different capacities to answer 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 money by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you regularly use, rather than trying to keep the entire home at the same temperature. If you want more to know more about zoning solutions for your home, WM J Kraus & Son can help.

Size
Another critical part of picking the best furnace for your home is ensuring it’s the right size for your space. 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 Keokuk days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to check 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 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, many factors come into play when shopping for a replacement furnace. But, you don’t have to tackle this by yourself. WM J Kraus & Son is here to answer all of your questions and help you select a furnace that suits your home and heating needs. Just give us a call at 319-229-2318 or book an appointment with us online.

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