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Written by Jay Elert | February 11, 2020
Most homeowners don’t know where to begin when replacing a gas furnace. Sometimes they are even confused about where the furnace is located, or they call it a heater instead of a furnace. (In the home-heating world, a heater is considered an electrical portable space heater, and a whole-home heating system called a furnace.)
In order to make choosing a furnace system easier, here are the three common types of residential home furnace systems and a few pros and cons related to each type.
This is the most widely used system in Midwestern homes; it was first developed in the 1930s using inexpensive oil and gas. A single-stage system has a basic on-and-off operation. When a house cools below the temperature set on the thermostat, the furnace will run at full capacity.
A single-stage system can provide the needed heat, but it isn’t the most comfortable system.
The next level of comfort is a two-stage system. Essentially, it operates with high or low settings, versus one high setting as in a single-stage heating system.
If choosing a two-stage is budget-friendly, it will save money and provide more comfort than a single-stage furnace.
A modulating or variable-capacity system includes a variable-speed blower with a computer-controlled thermostat. This type of system wasn’t available five years ago, and this technological advancement has myriad benefits.
Single-stage, two-stage, and modulation systems provide a reliable solution for home heating.
Call us today at 608-838-7300 to schedule a free appointment with an All Comfort Services Comfort Consultant to learn more about furnace system options.
Jay has been a comfort consultant with All Comfort Services since 2012. Jay grew up on the east side of Madison and has been in the HVAC industry since 1998. He studied HVAC at Madison College for four years and is a journeyman pipefitter. Jay is one of the three Comfort Consultants who will visit your home when you need a free in-home estimate on a home heating and air conditioning solution.
“When I started working in this industry, one of the things I was surprised to learn was that, according to Consumer Reports, ‘seven out of ten home heating and air conditioners are not properly installed,” says Jay. “I know how important it is to have a system properly installed and want to make sure customers have the best performing system that works for their home.”