Are you in the market for a new furnace, but you don’t know the difference between a one-stage or a two-stage furnace? No worries, most people don’t know the difference or which furnace they need for their home. There are different types furnaces such as gas, electric, one-stage, and two-stage available for homeowners in the Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia areas. Let’s walk you through which furnace will work out best for your home’s heating needs.
The Difference Between One-Stage and Two-Stage Furnaces
Believe it or not, the difference between a one-stage and a two-stage furnace is the valve and its settings. The one-stage furnace has one valve, so it is either on and running at full capacity or off. It is simple, and all you need to do is set the thermometer with the temperature you want and it will blow full force until it reaches the desired temperature. If you are fixing up a house to sell or plan on moving in a couple of years, then the one-stage furnace would be the logical choice.
The two-stage furnace has three settings: partially open, open, and off. This furnace is what most people want to get since it offers more flexibility. Although it does cost $500 to $1,000 more, in the long run, it will save you money. Putting a price tag on comfort can be a difficult choice, so you will have to consider if the stage-two furnace is worth the higher investment.
If you just bought your house or have no plans on moving, then the two-stage furnace would be the better investment. The two-stage furnace goes above and beyond comfort. Plus, you can personalize it far more the one-stage furnace.
Benefits of the Two-Stage Furnace
If you are considering a two-stage furnace for your home, consider the following benefits:
It doesn’t burn as much fuel when you have it set to open partially. It will run at 60 to 65 percent capacity, which saves you money. Your energy bills will be lower. When it is cold, then it will automatically bump up to high until it gets to the temperature you set. The furnace will run at a lower setting in mild weather and a higher setting in cold weather.
Contributes Heat Evenly
No more cold spots throughout out the house. If you’re not at home a lot, this will help you keep the house at a suitable temperature, and when you get home, it’s not freezing but comfortable. The temperature will stay consistent throughout the house.
Since it runs continuously in the partially open position, more air will circulate and pass through the filter. More circulation increases the chance of catching the pollutants and allergens, and that means cleaner air. Having quality air inside your house is essential if anyone has allergies.
The two-stage furnace doesn’t go on and off, so there is no “kick on” noise. This helps if it is a common area of the living room or even bedroom. No more annoying fan noises, as it runs at a lower speed, making less noise. The temperature will stay consistent throughout the house.
The two-stage furnace has far more benefits and a higher investment than the one-stage furnace. However, you need to look at the bigger picture and what would work best in your home. Keep in mind your budget, plus why you need a new furnace. If you will be staying in the house for more than five years, it is recommended to get the two-stage furnace.
Remember, there are three significant advantages of the two-stage furnace you need to take into consideration when choosing your new furnace! It will save you energy in the long run, heat the home evenly, and provide cleaner air.
If you need expert advice on installing a one-stage or a two-stage furnace in your home, contact Griffith Energy Services at 888-474-3391 to assist you in choosing the correct furnace for your home. With 12 locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, we can quickly assist and answer any questions you may have on furnaces.
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