Are You Considering a Variable Speed Furnace?

VariableSpeedFurnaceTSOct2014Web350Pix.jpgAs we move into colder weather, now is the time to have your furnace serviced to determine if any repairs – or even a replacement – is necessary. If you do discover that you’re in need of an upgrade, you may find yourself asking if you should switch to a variable speed furnace. Maybe it’s been suggested to you, and you’re wondering just what a variable speed furnace is. Well, we are here to answer that question for you, and in turn, enable you to make an informed decision as to what best suits your HVAC needs.

At its core, a variable speed furnace is specifically named for the furnace’s indoor air blower motor function, which is the component that determines how much air the blower is required to deliver. It is electronically powered and the blower moves at different speeds according to real-time conditions in your home. This helps to more accurately control the flow of heated and cooled air throughout the home, allowing for temperature and humidity balance.

Variable speed motors were designed with technology to adjust according to incoming data from the blower in order to ensure that the amount of air required to keep your family comfortable is delivered. It essentially monitors situations that restrict airflow, such as dirty filters, ductwork design, zoning, and where the unit is located. These instances are accounted for even after the furnace is installed and set up specifically for your home.

In the HVAC world, especially in Oklahoma, where the climate is anything but stable, variable speed furnaces are one of the most innovative appliances in terms of efficiency. They consume less electricity than standard mowers, conserving resources and saving in utility bills. By operating at a lower speed under normal conditions, they don’t need to work as hard as a single speed furnace to reheat your home. They simplify zoning installation, enabling you to manage the comfort in different areas of your home simultaneously. Finally, by combining a variable speed motor with a humidistat, you can control your home’s humidity level – which should ideally stay between 30% and 60% - and air filtration.

As always, our goal is to provide professional HVAC service that not only includes installation and maintenance, but education, as well. If you have questions on this or any other types of furnace replacement in Oklahoma, please call us at 405.789.5969.