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How Do Two-Stage Furnaces Stack Up Against Traditional Models?

08Nov

You’ve probably heard about two-stage furnaces, but perhaps didn’t know how it differs from a standard single-stage furnace. Here are some of the most common reasons people upgrade to a two-stage furnace.

The two stages involve a high heat setting like on all furnaces, but also a lower heat setting for maintaining consistent temperatures and providing environmental comfort even on days that are chilly, but not too cold.

What a Two-Stage Furnace Offers Over Traditional Furnaces

As mentioned before, by having two settings in conjunction with a good thermostat, the two-stage furnace can correct itself, allowing for consistent temperatures throughout the day versus the spikes of heat and extreme cold that characterize a single-stage system. Some systems are so advanced, they can correct less than a degree of temperature difference.

Except when correcting large temperature gaps, the two-stage system uses the mild setting, which makes less noise. Combine a two-stage furnace with well-maintained ducts for a quiet heating experience.

Another perk of the slower fan setting is that air filters work much better. The high speed setting on fans kick up dust and debris in ventilation systems, potentially aggravating allergies. Combine the low speed setting of the furnace with a good quality air filter, and even the worst allergies resulting from the change of Florida’s seasons can be alleviated.

The big advantage though is one you’ll see on your electricity bill. By using a two-stage furnace, the high powered fan that consumes huge amounts of power is reserved for those legitimately cold times.

For questions about how a two-stage furnace can save you money this winter, contact Gulf Coast Air Systems. We serve homeowners in and around the Brandon area.

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