New Jersey has seen some volatile weather this winter. Just when it seems like spring is around the corner, another winter storm brings frigid temperatures and a fresh round of snow. The wild swings in temperature may have left you with high utility bills and a furnace running at full blast.
Traditional single-stage furnaces only have one speed. That means that when they kick on, they are blowing hot air through your home at maximum power. This is true regardless of whether the temperature is mild or frigid.
The result is that a single-stage furnace often kicks on and off intermittently. The furnace will shoot blasts of warm air until the home is heated to the desired temperature. Then the furnace will shut off until it’s needed again. This kind of on-and-off functionality is inefficient and creates an uneven distribution of warm air. It’s also stressful for the furnace.
A two-stage furnace is an appealing alternative that uses two fire stages, depending on the temperature of the home. If the cold weather is mild, the furnace will use the low-fire stage and blow a steady stream of somewhat warm air into the home to maintain the desired temperature. If the weather becomes frigid, the two-stage furnace will shift into the high-fire stage to provide additional heat to the home.
The typical two-stage furnace will use its low-fire stage 75 to 80 percent of the time. That means your home will have a steady, consistent flow of warm air through the winter months. The ability to shift between stages also allows the furnace to operate more efficiently, which can save you money on your utility bills and allow your furnace to last longer.
For more information on how a two-stage furnace can improve your home’s heating system, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We’ve proudly served Monmouth County and the surrounding area for three generations and would be happy to help you with all your heating and air conditioning needs.
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