Features to Look for in a New Furnace

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Modern furnaces are equipped with several features that can increase the unit's energy efficiency and cost effectiveness while making your family more comfortable and improving air quality. Unfortunately, if you are not knowledgeable about HVAC systems, you might miss out on the latest furnace features and technology.

If you're shopping around for a new furnace, here are a few features to keep in mind.

Two-Stage Furnace

Most older furnaces are single-stage models. Basically, this means that there is a single thermostat that controls the temperature inside the home, no matter how cold it is outside. A two-stage furnace allows you to keep your home comfortable in mild to cooler days and warm your home up quickly if the temperatures outside drop.

The furnace's first stage kicks in when the temperatures are cool or moderate outside. When the thermostat kicks on, the fuel valve, which provides the fuel to the system, will only partially open. This will keep your home comfortable, and when the desired temperature is reached, it will turn off.

If the temperatures drop dramatically, the second stage is initiated, which signals the furnace to fully open the fuel valve. This will increase your furnace output and help combat the frigid temperatures outside. In addition to keeping your more comfortable, a two-stage furnace can save you money on your monthly electric and fuel bills and help eliminate cold and hot spots throughout your home

Ductless HVAC Unit

A traditional furnace works great inside your home. However, what if you own an apartment or condominium or want to heat a separate garage or workspace? A ductless heater allows you to warm your apartment, condo, garage, home, or any space without the need for expensive ductwork. The system is wall-mounted, and because it doesn't require a duct system, you can install it just about anywhere.

Variable-Speed Furnace Fan

When a traditional furnace kicks on, the system's blower pushes warm air throughout your home. Unfortunately, there is only one blower speed: fast and constant. A variable-speed furnace controls the fan's speed based upon your home's needs. This allows you to keep your entire home comfortable, save money on your electric bill, and even improve your home's air quality by preventing the spread of contaminants throughout your home.

From a variable-speed fan to a ductless HVAC system, if you are looking for a new furnace, there are several features to consider. Speak to a residential heating professional today for more information.

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