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A New Furnace for the Holidays: What to Look For


The biggest holiday shopping day of the year is just around the corner. You’ve probably got some great ideas for gifts the whole family will enjoy. The latest video game console or an 8K Ultra HD TV might be on your shopping list.

But when it comes to a gift that truly benefits everyone in the household (while eliminating arguments about what game to play or show to watch) is a new furnace. Sure, it might not be the usual item that Santa packs in his sleigh, but what’s better than the gift of a warm, toasty home throughout the winter?

If it’s time to replace an outdated furnace that costs an arm and a leg to run, keep reading to learn about the amazing features of today’s modern furnaces. Then make an appointment with us for furnace installation in Sugar Land, TX.

Fuel Type

If you have a central furnace currently and want to upgrade to this type of heating system, you’ll need to decide if you want a gas or electric furnace. If your home already has a gas line, choosing a gas furnace makes good sense. 

Today’s gas furnaces are efficient, heat your home quickly, and include safety features to ensure they operate safely. You’ll definitely need annual maintenance to make sure it continues to run safely.

Electric furnaces are still a good option for homes that don’t have access to natural gas. Modern electric furnaces are energy efficient and have extra features for those who are looking to boost efficiency. 

Although electric furnaces can be expensive to operate in extremely cold climates with winter temperatures that often dip below freezing, with our milder winters here in Sugar Land, TX, an electric furnace makes sense.

AFUE Ratings

AFUE stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. In a nutshell, an AFUE rating is a measure of efficiency that’s assigned based on how much fuel the furnace uses to produce heat. 

  • Electric furnaces automatically have an AFUE rating of 100%. But because electricity is usually more expensive than gas, an electric furnace can cost more to run in areas with frequent freezing temperatures.
  • Gas furnaces must have a minimum AFUE rating of 80% but can be rated as high as 96%. That means a whopping 96% of the energy it uses goes to producing heat. Impressive! However, the higher the AFUE rating, the more expensive the furnace will cost upfront. 

Operating Speeds

Variable-speed furnaces deliver the proper amount of airflow based on your home’s heating needs. A furnace with more advanced options like these will cost more to purchase upfront but will save on utility bills over time. 

Springing for a furnace with a variable-speed blower is like purchasing a computer with more RAM and a faster CPU. You’re paying more for more advanced technology but these features will affect how the computer performs, leading to fewer headaches down the road.

Eliminate stress about your home HVAC and IAQ systems with the Vance advantage and get results you can rely on. Contact Vance Air Conditioning & Heating today for furnace installation in Sugar Land, TX.

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