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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Furnace

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When it’s time to replace your furnace, there are many things you should assess before making a decision on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, Jett's Heating & Air Inc. can help you find the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfy.

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 determine 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 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 works at about 65 percent of its capacity, and stage two will kick in for a heating boost on the frigid McHenry days. But if you want to go for the greatest choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be right for you.

Different from 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 meet your heating needs.

Zoning
Whether you want to include a zoning system with your replacement furnace is another feature to discuss. You could save on your energy bills 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 details about zoning possibilities for your home, Jett's Heating & Air Inc. can help.

Size
Another key part of selecting 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 continuously cycling on and off. If your furnace is too small, it won’t be able to provide adequate heat on the coldest McHenry 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 is lost 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, there’s a lot to consider when shopping for a replacement furnace. But, you don’t have to tackle this by yourself. Jett's Heating & Air Inc. is here to answer all of your questions and help you find a furnace that fits your home and heating needs. Chat with our technicians at 815-410-1128 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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