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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 think about before making a decision on a particular replacement furnace. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, J.L. Brady Company LLC can help you choose the furnace that will keep your home warm and comfortable.

Fuel Source
One of the first factors you need to think about is which fuel source your new furnace will use. The majority of furnaces in North America utilize natural gas, but some homes are set up to use liquified petroleum gas, propane or even electricity. It’s critical to know which type of fuel is necessary 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 amid these options. A two-stage furnace works great 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 coldest Moline days. However, if you want to go for the best choice in flexibility and efficiency, a variable capacity furnace may be a good option.

In contrast to single- and two-stage models, variable capacity furnaces don’t have a specific 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 consideration. You could save money by more efficiently using your furnace to heat the areas you regularly use, rather than trying to keep every room at the same temperature. If you want more information about zoning solutions for your home, J.L. Brady Company LLC can help.

Size
Another key part of selecting the best furnace for your home is making sure 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 Moline days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to consider 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 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, it helps to do some research when shopping for a replacement furnace. But, you don’t have to tackle this by yourself. J.L. Brady Company LLC is here to answer all of your questions and help you find a furnace that fits your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 309-517-7511 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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