Are you in need of a new furnace for your home? If so, you'll be working with an HVAC contractor to help select and install a new one. Make sure to ask your contractor about the following features to make sure they are included in your new furnace.
The cold temperatures of winter can leave your home with air that feels a bit dry. You can fix this by having a whole-home humidifier installed. This device incorporates moisture into the air before it goes through the ductwork, and makes the air feel more comfortable during the winter. By having the humidifier installed directly to your HVAC system, you will have a humidifier that is more energy-efficient than any stand-alone unit for a single room. In addition, a humidifier helps make your air cleaner. You'll notice that there are fewer allergens in the air, which can help with people in your home that are allergic to dust and dander.
Variable Speed Fans
You may not be aware that some furnaces have fans that operate at different speeds. A standard air handler will have a fan that works at one speed, and it only turns on when the furnace is producing heat for your home. There are also furnaces with variable speed fans, which can ramp up the fan speed when the furnace is on and turn it down when the furnace isn't in use.
The benefit of having variable fan speeds is to keep the air moving in your home. The furnace can continue to humidify the air, even if the air is not being heated. Allergens will continue to be removed through the air filter. Air will also be circulated so that hot air does not rise to the ceiling and stay there. Variable fan speeds can help make your home feel much more comfortable during the winter.
It's a good idea to install a new thermostat when installing a new furnace. You may not have been able to use one in the past for one reason or another, but your new furnace should be able to accommodate a smart thermostat with no problem. You will have full control over the temperature of your home at any time, and automate the scheduling process. Geofences that track your phone's location and motion sensors help determine when you are not home so that the furnace can be set to a lower temperature.
Contact an HVAC professional near to learn more about furnace installation.