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What You Should Know About Variable Speed Furnaces

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All furnaces are not made the same. Aside from differences between gas and electric or duct and ductless, you also have other options as well. One of these is whether or not you want a variable-speed furnace. Most furnaces have one single-speed setting.

A variable speed furnace automates your furnace working either not quite as hard or slightly harder to provide the best results. If you want to schedule HVAC service in Hickory to learn more about variable-speed furnaces, give our team a call. You can also keep reading to learn more about this valuable function and how it can benefit both your heating system and your home.

Standard Furnace Operation

Most furnaces have a single speed for operation. They turn on, they heat your home and they turn back off once the desired temperature is reached. They operate at the same speed whether the temperature is mild outside or freezing cold.

What Is a Variable Speed Furnace?

A variable-speed furnace is just what the name implies. It is a furnace that has variable heating speeds that adjust as necessary based on the unique heating needs from cycle to cycle. During milder weather, your furnace may not work as hard to heat your home. On the other hand, when temperatures are extremely cold outside your furnace may use a higher speed to heat your home with more power.

Benefits of Variable Speed

A variable-speed furnace is highly beneficial for improving energy efficiency. There are likely many times that a standard furnace does not need to operate at full capacity to heat your home. In doing so, your furnace is using more energy than it really needs to.

With a variable-speed furnace, your unit can sense when to use less power. The furnace won’t work as hard, yet it will still produce the results that you desire. Your home will be warm and comfortable and your energy costs may be lower. 

Of course, when those frigid temperatures do blow through your area, your furnace will be ready to work at top speed to heat your home with the power necessary to stand up to cold weather outside. And you don’t have to lift a finger to select settings for furnace speed. 

Instead, the unit automatically works to adjust speed settings up or down as necessary. The whole goal behind a variable-speed furnace is to save on your energy costs wherever you can. It can also extend the life expectancy of your heater by reducing overall wear and tear. 

Thank you for choosing Ace Hardware Home Services. Call our team of experts today to schedule an appointment for furnace service.

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