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Is a Modulating Furnace the Right Choice for Your Home?

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 @ 02:07 PM

If your home has a traditional furnace installed, you may notice that through most of the year, your home can alternate between comfortable (or slightly too hot) and slightly too cool. That's because a traditional furnace can't adjust the amount of heat it puts out. It can only turn on when it gets too cold and turn off when it gets too hot. That's why homeowners in search of a more constant, even heat often choose to learn more about modulating furnaces.

a modulating furnace for cleveland home comfortA modulating furnace uses an adjustable gas valve to control the amount of heat produced per second, which allows it to scale back on heating when it's warmer and to increase heat production when it gets cold. This is often paired with a variable speed blower fan to control how much of the heated air circulates through your home. There's no need to have the furnace going noisily at full blast when a gentler flow of air will do.

Because the furnace is turning on and off less frequently, modulating furnaces experience less wear and tear than their traditional counterparts. And because the fuel use is matched closely to the actual heating need, not providing heat in excess of its requirements and letting that heat bleed off, they're generally more efficient than traditional furnaces as well.

However, modulating furnaces aren't right for every home. Among other considerations, existing ductwork has to be able to handle variable air delivery or be upgraded so that it does. As with any home HVAC upgrade, it's best to consult a qualified professional.

To learn if a modulating furnace is right for your Cleveland area home, contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling today! Our HVAC experts are ready to help you get the most out of your home comfort systems.

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Paul WadsworthPaul 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.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.

Topics: Cleveland Home Comfort, furnace, modulating furnaces, HVAC upgrades

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