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New Furnace Features: Bells, Whistles Or Essentials? You Decide

Posted on: January 16th, 2013 by Jason Connell

New Furnace Features: Bells, Whistles Or Essentials? You DecideNew, high-efficiency furnaces come equipped with advanced features that are proven to increase energy efficiency and reduce your heating costs. Some people think they are purely bells and whistles while others consider them essentials. In your own home, it’s up to you to decide.

  • Variable-speed blower: This is one of the new furnace features that allows you to customize how much heat is delivered. When your home requires less heat, the blower runs on low, making less noise and preventing uncomfortable temperature swings.
  • Variable heat output: When combined with a variable-speed blower, this feature delivers heat between two levels. Variable heat output increases the length of furnace cycles and decreases wear on the system.
  • Electronic ignition: This replaces the pilot light on new furnaces and is much more energy efficient because it doesn’t consume standby power.
  • Dual heat exchanger: The heat exchanger is a standard feature in all furnaces, but new furnace features include two heat exchangers. This allows more heat to be collected from the burners and thus improves efficiency.
  • High-efficiency filters: You can fit any furnace with a high-efficiency filter as long as the blower motor is capable of keeping up with airflow demand. New furnace features are built to handle high-efficiency filters with high MERV ratings.
  • Zoning system: A furnace with multiple air handlers can be used to create a zoning system, which gives you the ability to control the temperature in different parts of your home based on the occupants’ preferences.
  • Longer warranties: New furnace features certainly increase efficiency, but they also increase system longevity. That means manufacturers can couple their products with longer warranties for greater value and peace of mind for their customers.

The more of these new furnace features that are included, the higher the purchase price will be. However, they each improve efficiency and help lower operating costs so the system can pay for itself over time. To learn more, please contact AirRite Air Conditioning Company today. We have served the Fort Worth/Arlington area since 1955.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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