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March 10th, 2014
Gas Furnaces: Choosing The Right Model For Your Home By Tyler Earp
Gas furnaces use natural gas to heat your home. Smaller furnaces do not use any duct work to do so, while larger systems send heated air through the home using ducts. The efficiency of gas furnaces differs from model to model, as does their size and cost. To find the right model for your home, you will need to compare available products and the find the one best suited for your needs, home, and budget.
When shopping for a new furnace, you will need to compare different models to find the right one. Be sure to check the BTU’s produced by the gas furnace you are considering. BTU’s (British Thermal Units) are a measurement of heat put out by the furnace. A furnace for an average sized home should put out about 60,000 BTU’s. The amount of heat you need your gas furnace to produce will depend mostly on the size of your home.
Another factor to consider when selecting gas furnaces is the efficiency rate of the furnace. Older furnaces installed in the early 1990’s often ran at 80% efficiency or worse. That percentage means that 20% of the gas burned was wasted as heat and smoke leaving through the chimney. Thanks to advances in technology, newer models have been redesigned and now run at a minimum of 90% efficiency. Some models are even better, running at up to 97% efficiency. The higher the efficiency rate, the greater your savings will be on your monthly heating bill.
To save even more money, look for gas furnaces with two stage burners. This means that they can run at a lower temperature when the demand on them is lighter. This feature prevents the furnace from working harder than it needs to when you are not using it as much. By varying the temperature at which the furnace burns, a two stage burner will save you even more money on your heating bill.
There are many options to consider when it comes to gas furnaces. By comparing manufacturers and specific models, you can find a furnace that is suited for your home and that will help you save money each month by running efficiently.