When it comes to heating your home, you know that the winters around Evansville require you to have a functioning furnace. However, when you replace your current furnace, you may want to get something with better efficiency. Discover what two-stage furnaces are and how they deliver better efficiency and improve your home’s comfort.
What Is a Two-stage Furnace?
A base model furnace’s burner is either on or off, burning at high whenever the furnace runs. A two-stage unit has two different heat intensities the burner will use depending on how cold your home is compared to the set temperature.
The first benefit of a two-stage furnace is the better efficiency it’ll provide. It’ll run on the first stage, or low, for about 75% of the time but with longer cycles. The difference in fuel burned between the first and second stages is enough to make the first stage more efficient, even with a longer cycle.
Longer Service Life
The hardest part of the heating cycle on your furnace is the start-up. By running longer cycles, a two-stage furnace reduces the number of stops and starts. This has the effect of reducing system wear, extending your furnace’s service life and reducing repairs.
A single-stage furnace produces a lot of heat during a heating cycle. Each cycle lasts 10 to 15 minutes and should cycle two or three times each hour. As previously mentioned, a two-stage furnace has longer heating cycles and produces less heat at a time. However, what this means is a more constant flow of warm air coming from your vents, keeping your home at a more consistent temperature.
Schmitt Refrigeration, Heating & Air is the go-to HVAC provider for people around Evansville who want dependability and expertise. Our technicians provide residential heating and air conditioning installation, repair, and maintenance. We also provide commercial HVAC and refrigeration services. Call to schedule your consultation with one of our installers and discuss whether a two-stage furnace makes sense for your home.