Raleigh Heating & Air Blog : Posts Tagged ‘furnace installation’

How Does Furnace Sizing Work?

Monday, April 6th, 2020

Furnaces need to be appropriately sized for your home, regardless of what type they are. Any forced-air heater for that matter must be accurately measured by a team of professionals with calculating equipment in order to not develop a problem later on. Furnace sizing is just one aspect out of many that are meant to be done by professionals, and a great reason why you should skip calling an amateur technician when you need help.

Have you ever heard of a short-cycling furnace? How about a furnace that just can’t cool a home easily? No, it’s not like some furnaces just magically don’t work and require more heating system repair in Raleigh than others. In order to have a system that is ready for the task of heating your entire home for the duration of its lifespan, it’s got to be installed correctly.

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Gas vs. Electric: Which Is the Better Furnace?

Monday, March 26th, 2018

It’s still pretty chilly around here right now, particularly at night. With that in mind, we really hope that you are getting the performance that you deserve from your home heating system. If we installed and serviced it, we’re betting that this is the case. That being said, even the best heaters from the best manufacturers installed and tuned up by the best technicians will not last forever. You’ll need a replacement eventually, and you’ll want to do some research before deciding on a new system.

If you are investing in a heating system for the very first time, or you need to replace an old heating system that just cannot cut it anymore, let us know about it. We install and service many great systems, including furnaces. Furnaces are incredibly popular, but you still need to narrow it down a bit further. Will you be using a gas or electric furnace in Cary, NC? Both have their pros and cons.

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Furnace Installation Involves Furnace Sizing: Here’s What That Means

Monday, January 30th, 2017

gas-furnace-burnersFurnace installation is an important part of our job. We understand that households here in Wake County need heating systems that keep them warm without causing a large energy drain that creates really scary heating bills. (If you’re afraid to look at your heating bill each month, then you really need to talk to us!)

An essential part of making sure that any home has the right furnace for its needs is properly sizing it. This isn’t choosing a furnace that’s the correct size to fit in the available space—although obviously we won’t choose an overlarge furnace! What it really means is finding a furnace that puts out the right amount of heat to match a home’s comfort needs.

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Why Are Newer Furnaces So Much More Energy Efficient?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

The standards for the energy efficiency ratings of natural gas furnaces have increased. The U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR program now requires that new gas furnaces are manufactured to meet a rating of 90% AFUE or greater in the South and 95% AFUE or greater in the north in order to receive the ENERGY STAR certification. This isn’t a standard that’s difficult to meet for new furnaces. In fact, the reason that the requirements have gone up is because furnaces simply are more efficient now than they’ve ever been.

What accounts for this better energy performance from furnaces? A number of factors:

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Furnace Facts: Atmospheric vs. Sealed Furnaces

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Because most homeowners don’t give much more thought to their heating system aside from “does this thing work when I need it to?” they often unaware of how the technology behind something like a standard natural gas furnace has advanced, and continues to advance. Of course, there’s no reason for homeowners to understand the cutting-edge technology of their heating systems, the same way that someone who works on a computer every day doesn’t need to understand the newest developments in microchips. But we’d like to share with you an important development in furnaces—the sealed furnace—and what makes it different from the more conventional atmospheric furnace. Knowing about this will help you understand how furnaces are becoming safer and more energy efficient.

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How a Two-Stage Furnace Works

Monday, December 28th, 2015

There are so many options today when it comes to choosing what furnace you want installed for your household comfort, whether as a replacement for an older system or as the first installation in a new home. If you’re interested in a furnace that will work at a higher efficiency than standard models and save you money each year, one of the model types to consider is a two-stage furnace.

“What’s that?” you ask. We’re glad you did, because we’d love to tell you about the advantages of going with one of these heating systems.

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Why Today’s Furnaces Are So Much More Energy Efficient

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Comparing the AFUE ratings of today’s furnace with those from only a few decades ago is pretty surprising. At one time, an AFUE rating of 60% was typical. That means the furnace wastes 40% of the fuel it’s burning, only converting 60% of it into actual heat. Now look at today’s furnaces. Even an average unit will score greater than 80%—and special high-efficiency units can score up to 97%! That’s a tremendous change.

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Is It Time to Replace That Old Furnace?

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Furnaces, if they receive the proper regular maintenance, can often last for 15 to 20 years. But no furnace can endure forever, and if you are concerned about your current furnace’s performance for the upcoming winter, now might be the best time to arrange for professionals to replace it.

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