Furnaces available today are designed to deliver nice fuel efficiency that's easy on the pocketbook, but they're also designed to work with supplemental furnace equipment to further enhance performance, safety and home comfort. Read on to see if any of these extras would suit your home.
Comfort and Efficiency
The furnace may take center stage for heating horsepower, but it’s the supplemental furnace equipment that fine tunes comfort and savings and completes the forced-air system.
- Zoning system - Zoning systems regulate air distribution based on the thermostat temperature settings in each area, or "zone." This allows you to heat specific zones in your home when you want and at the temperature you desire, which could be different temperatures at the same time.
- Programmable thermostats - Programmable thermostats have reached the must-have status of technological devices. A programmable thermostat adjusts temperatures according to your programmed settings. If you’re upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace with network interfacing, consider a WiFi-enabled thermostat for greater control of comfort, savings and compatible comfort systems, such as a whole-house dehumidifier (cooling months) and humidifier (heating months).
A note about thermostats: In many ways the term "thermostat" is almost an outdated term. Anymore the control package for you home comfort system can do so much more than simply control and schedule temperatures! Today's control packages can:
- Optimize heating and cooling performance—in some cases by learning about the way you live in your home.
- Allow for remote adjustment of set points for both heating and cooling.
- Enhance humidification and dehumidification.
- Tell us when the furnace or AC unit is headed to trouble before it fails.
- Remind of regular preventive maintenance tasks.
This can all happen without having to spend hours with a 100 page operational manual for the control plus very simple easy to use/intuitive operation user prompts. Take the time to discuss the new options available with these state of the art controls with your heating professional.
Safety and Health Matters
When you're dealing with combustion appliances, safety and health always come first.
- Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors - CO detectors should be installed in or near each bedroom, on each level of living space and less than 10 feet away from the access door to an attached garage.
- Air filters - High efficiency air filters, such as those with minimum efficiency reporting values (MERV) between 7 and 13, are small investments that deliver more healthful indoor air quality and protect furnace components and air ducts.
- Direct venting - New furnaces are designed for safe and direct combustion and venting with sealed combustion chambers and sidewall venting, which uses only air from outside the home for combustion. If you're going to use your old chimney, make sure it's inspected for safety and properly lined.
If you have any questions as to why installing supplemental furnace equipment is such a wise investment in your greater Cleveland home, please contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling for the answers.Follow @PKwadsworth
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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