Eventually, furnaces wear out, and you’re forced to get a new one. This is especially true for those in San Francisco and surrounding cities in Northern California, where temperatures get a bit chillier than for those South of us. If you do find it’s time for a new furnace, you may notice some differences in how it operates, compared to the old one you had for 10 or 15 years.
Unlike traditional furnaces that simply kick on or off depending on the temperature in your home, today’s high efficiency furnaces are more sophisticated and technologically advanced. Most are variable speed, instead of one speed, and while you may notice the furnace runs for a longer period of time instead of constantly kicking on and off, it’s still operating more efficiently than the constant on/off cycling.
The air coming from your vents may not seem as warm, however, this is because variable capacity furnaces maintain the “set point” (the temperature you desire in your home) by throttling back the heat output occasionally.
Because newer furnaces are all about efficiency while keeping your family comfortable, they heat up a home in cold weather progressively, rather than an all-at-once hot burst of air. Again, this is due to their focus on efficiency.
Those who are used to single speed furnaces that tend to overheat spaces may want to consider kicking up the thermostat a degree to enjoy the level of heat they’re used to, as variable speed furnaces keep the temperature very constant, according to what you set it on (the set point). The location of the thermostat is important, as a furnace works to maintain the desired temperature at the area where the thermostat is located.
Manufacturers make it possible to control your heating system from wherever you may be, using a smart device and apps offered by the manufacturer. You’ll want to have an HVAC contractor install your thermostat if you’re interested in Wi-Fi capability, to ensure correct wiring and compatibility with your system.
While it sounds a bit confusing, the fact is, today’s modern furnaces are far more efficient than older models, and designed to keep your home comfortable while saving on utility costs. Initial costs may be higher, however, the savings over the years to come make it worth the investment.
If you’re in need of a new furnace, we invite you to contact the Bay Area HVAC experts at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning today! Your comfort and satisfaction is our business.