Benefits of a Two-Stage Furnace
A two-stage furnace offers you consistent comfort, quiet operation, improved air filtration, and savings on your utility bill.
When you hear someone refer to a furnace as being a single-stage or two-stage furnace, they are talking about the burner section of the furnace. A single-stage furnace has two settings: either on or off. A two-stage furnace has three settings: high, low, or off. On a milder day, a two-stage furnace will operate at the low setting, which uses 65% of the furnace’s full capacity. The high setting (100% capacity) is used on especially cold days to meet the additional heating requirements and provide an even distribution of heat throughout the home.
The benefits of a two-stage furnace include:
Two-stage furnaces are more responsive to temperature fluctuations outdoors so that you won’t experience any drastic temperature changes in your home. They offer more consistent heating and are accurate enough to maintain temperatures to within one degree of the thermostat setting. The longer heating cycle of a two-stage furnace eliminates the kind of rapid warming that homeowners often find uncomfortable from a single-stage furnace.
Higher air quality
With low-speed operation and a longer, slower cycle, there will always be air passing through your filter allowing it to catch more airborne contaminants. The air in your home will be cleaner because it passes through the air filter more times in a day. Additionally, having a humidifier coupled with a two-stage unit will greatly improve your air quality.
Most of the time, a two-stage furnace operates in the lower capacity stage, thus burning much less fuel than a single-stage furnace which always runs at 100% capacity. Burning less fuel means wasting less energy, resulting in savings on your monthly utility bills.
These furnaces operate more quietly as they do not switch on and off as frequently throughout the day. Two-stage furnaces never shift into full capacity right away. When the furnace turns on it will initially operate in the first stage while less heat is required, before switching into the high setting if necessary. The two-stage system means that there won’t be any sudden kick or blast of air when the furnace switches on.
Is a two-stage furnace worth it?
If you live in an area that experiences drastic temperature changes or your home has multiple floors and a tendency to have hot and cold spots, a two-stage heating system will give you the comfort that you’re looking for out of a furnace.
The cost difference between purchasing a one-stage or two-stage system is only a few hundred dollars, so it is a good investment for your home if you can afford it. Not to mention that you will be saving some cash on energy bills with this investment.
We hope that you now have a better understanding of the difference between a single and two-stage heating system and are now more prepared to choose your home’s new equipment upgrade. If you have any further questions regarding a two-stage furnace or have any other HVAC concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us at any time. Our highly trained and experienced technicians are more than prepared to assist you with any of your HVAC problems. We provide efficient and quick furnace replacement done by our team of HVAC professionals. We offer a variety of furnace rental, purchasing, and financing options. Give us a call at 1 (855) 998-2998 or fill out our online request form and we will be happy to assist you with your request.