Furnace Buying Guide

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Brrr. It’s cold in here. There must be a furnace that needs to be replaced. While in a perfect world, you want to get your furnace replaced before it breaks, there are plenty of factors that are out of your control. To help you out, here is a furnace buying guide to help you find the best fit for your home. One thing is for sure. Warners’ Stellian carries high-quality heating systems at an affordable price. Let’s dive in.

Heating Modes

When understanding the heating modes, known as stages, here is what you need to know.

Single Stage Furnace

Single Stage means one heat mode. This means that if you set your house to 70 degrees, your furnace will run at full blast until it reaches that temperature.

Two Stage Furnace

Two Stage: Two levels of operation, high and medium, which saves energy use during non-peak heating demands. The furnace adjusts automatically to what you have your thermostat set to.

Modulating Furnace

Modulating: Modulating furnaces have varying levels of operation, which results in lower operating costs and more comfortable temperatures throughout your home. They are generally even more energy efficient as well.

Furnace Features

What features do furnaces have that you want to be aware of?

High-efficiency blower motors: Furnaces with variable speed blower motors are quieter in operation as they slowly ramp up to speed rather than give that high speed blast of air upon startup. These motors automatically adjust the flow of warm or cool air in your home for energy savings and better comfort throughout the home.

High efficiency units: A high efficiency furnace will have a higher up front cost but use less natural gas to heat your home, resulting in energy savings and money back in your pocket from utility bill savings.

If energy efficiency is a top priority rest assured, all the units we carry are energy efficient. However, the efficiency rating varies from 80-98%.

Photo: Rheem

Rheem was awarded the Energy Star Award in 2022 for Partner of the Year.

How Old is Your Furnace?

Wondering how long on average a furnace lasts? If it’s 10 years or older and you need repair, but it is over $600 it should be replaced. The typical life expectancy is 16 to 20 years. The good news is when the time comes, you don’t need to do as much work prepping your space as you do for example a new refrigerator. You do not need to measure your space to ensure that it will fit properly.

Our knowledgeable specialists come and do a comprehensive home visit to ensure maximum comfort throughout your home. If you are looking for both a furnace and air conditioning unit, considering reading our A/C buying guide, or contact our heating and cooling department with any questions.

Request a furnace quote here, and ask our specialists about our Ironclad Product Protection plans for your heating and cooling systems. For more furnace resources explore our blog, or read our ‘Furnace Checklist’ post.

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