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Two-stage gas furnaces are ideal for our Flagstaff climate. Our weather can change drastically in a matter of minutes! As the temperature changes so does the “heat loss” from the home. This means that most of the time you will only need a fraction of your furnaces total capacity of BTU’s. This means that full blast for your furnace on the average day istoo big! The two-stage furnace splits the amount of gas or BTUs into a high and a low.
The special design of these furnaces allows you to heat your house on stage one primarily, and only if needed, to use stage two (or full power) as back up for the really cold days. This is all done automatically with a proper 2-stage thermostat. In turn, it uses less natural gas and less electricity, which obviously SAVES YOU MONEY! It really helps to achieve even temperatures in usually colder rooms.
These furnaces also have a lower, more efficient, speed for the blower, which is not only more efficient on your electricity usage, but it is also much quieter! This feature is very inexpensive to purchase for your next furnace.
The variable-speed blower is designed to run 24 hours a day. You might think that leaving your fan on all day would be much more expensive. On the contrary, it uses about the same amount of electricity as a 60-watt light bulb! This is very minimal amount of usage considering the benefits of increased heating efficiency and improved air quality.
By constantly circulating the air in your home, you will notice a much more even and consistent temperature throughout. This blower will fix hot and cold spots in your home.
When the blower is in the continuous mode, it gives you 24 hour a day filtration as opposed to only filtering the air during a call for heat or cooling. This feature is especially important for people with allergies. When in this mode it runs at a very low speed so that it is very quiet and almost undetectable.
Your furnace filter will also pick up many more particles out of the air when the air is moving very slowly instead of zipping across the filter. This works very well in conjunction with a CleanEffects air cleaner to give you the cleanest and healthiest air money can buy!
The variable-speed blower also detects when your furnace filter is dirty, which will normally decrease airflow and cause multiple problems within your system. Its special design senses when an obstruction is present and automatically ramps up to accommodate the restriction.
The variable-speed blower will also increase the efficiency of your cooling system as well. Read more about SEER Ratings to understand this benefit.
One of the first things to consider when purchasing a gas furnace is its efficiency. This is indicated by the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency or AFUE. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient the furnace. By replacing an old, low efficiency unit with a new high efficiency model, more of the fuel you pay for is turned into heat, instead of literally going out the roof.
Initially, higher efficiency units will cost more than lower efficiency units. However, the Trane Home Comfort Institute notes that over the life of the unit, a high efficiency gas unit will help pay for itself because of the annual savings in operating costs. These savings could easily pay for the extra cost of moving up in efficiency.
If your present furnace is 15 years old or more, it’s probably in the 60-70% AFUE range. In effect, that means 30 to 40 cents out of every dollar you spend for heat is going out the flue instead of into your home.
Furnaces now have an AFUE or efficiency of up to 96.7% . That’s $.96 on the dollar going to heat your home. When you combine high efficiency with a variable speed blower and a multi stage gas valve, you can’t find a better furnace on the market.
Call us today! We will be happy to answer all of your questions on your home heating system. From Furnaces to heat pumps, we can install, repair, or replace any system and keep you comfortable.