A properly functioning furnace becomes a necessary appliance during cold nights in Langley, BC. Whether looking for a furnace to replace an older model or when equipping a new build, consumers must consider a number of factors in order to ensure making the right purchase decision.

Furnace Types

Furnaces require electricity, gas, oil, or propane as fuel for operation. Gas furnaces are by and large the most popular and least expensive to purchase, install, and operate. Single-stage types feature gas valves that open and close at a high flow rate with an annual fuel utilization efficiency, or AFUE, of 80. The more efficient two-stage furnace has the ability to adjust gas flow based on the information received from the preset thermostat. Modulating furnaces offer the greatest degree of efficiency and are preferred in colder climates.

Efficiency Ratings

Appliances having an ENERGY STAR stamp represent furnaces designed to offer high efficiency. All new furnaces must display an AFUE rating, which explains the percentage of efficient energy usage. For example, an appliance with an AFUE of 80% means that 20% of the fuel escapes. Overall, they cost less to operate in milder climates. Electric furnaces have AFUE ratings of 95% to 100%. However, this type is also the most expensive in terms of operation.

Furnace Size and Output

Selecting the appropriate furnace size remains crucial to ensure the appliance has the ability to properly heat the home during cold weather. The British Thermal Unit or BTU rating determines the typical square footage that a furnace effectively heats. However, consumers must also consider ceiling heights, extent of insulation, and number of windows to ensure choosing the appropriate furnace size. Our team at Hammer's Heating and Cooling regularly assists Langley consumers in determining the furnace that best suits individual home needs.

We have more than a decade of experience providing reliable furnace installation, maintenance, and repair services. Consumers also rely on Hammer's Heating and Cooling for services related to cooling appliances and water heaters. Our maintenance protection plans help save our clients money by ensuring that HVAC appliances continue operating at optimal levels by offering annual evaluation services. Contact Hammer's Heating and Cooling for all of your HVAC needs.

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