The Top 5 Features of a Gas Furnace

The Top 5 Features of a Gas FurnaceAre you in the market for a new gas furnace? Before you make your purchase, it’s important to know what features to look for in a furnace and how they can benefit your home.

Features to Look For in a Gas Furnace

The following list is not exhaustive, but you should consider these things when evaluating the features of a new gas furnace.

1. Variable-Speed Blower

A variable-speed blower is exactly what it sounds like. It is a blower that is capable of varying output speed based on how much heat is needed. Variable-speed blowers are helpful for when your home temperature needs to be adjusted only slightly. They also save money on your utility bill.

2. Air Filtration

Your gas furnace should have a quality filtration system. This prevents allergens and pollutants from blowing through your ducts and becoming airborne. Furnaces with poor filtration lower indoor air quality, which can cause risks to your health and comfort.

It’s also important that you remember to change your air filter regularly. This will go a long way in protecting your indoor air quality.

3. Zoning

Zoning allows you to control the temperature in different “zones” of your house. This is beneficial because it allows you to warm specific areas such as bedrooms while saving money in areas where you may not spend as much time.

4. Good Warranty

Regardless of features, your furnace should come with a good warranty. Pay close attention to the following points regarding warranty:

  • Furnace Heat Exchanger – typically last 10-20 years
  • Manufacturer Parts – typically last 5 years
  • Manufacturer Labor – typically last 1 year
  • Contractor Parts and Labor Extended Warranty – varies based on installation company

5. High AFUE Rating

What is an AFUE Rating?

An AFUE rating describes the energy-efficiency of a gas furnace, while energy-efficiency describes how much energy is being used for the amount of heat dispensed.

Standard efficiency furnaces have an AFUE rating of 80%. Higher efficiency furnaces have an AFUE rating of 90-96%. They cost more to purchase, but they can save hundreds of dollars a year on fuel costs.

HVAC Inspection

Don’t forget to schedule your routine furnace maintenance as well. Professional HVAC inspections can help you locate problems early, saving you money on repairs.

As a licensed Ruud dealer, we can introduce you to some of the most energy-efficient and cost-effective systems currently available on the market. ABE Heating and Cooling offers great products with iron-clad warranties and superior installation services, all at manageable prices suitable for any budget. We are located in Brighton, Colorado and serve the entire Denver Metro Area, and if you would like to learn more about high-efficiency furnaces please contact us today to discuss the possibilities.