For many Long Island homeowners, gearing up for the cold weather ahead also means getting the furnace ready. If you need to replace the furnace this season, you’ll probably want to know about the variable-speed furnace — an important innovation that can help lower your energy bills and make your home more comfortable throughout the winter months.
An ordinary furnace fan moves air at a fixed speed, regardless of your home’s current temperature and humidity needs. A variable-speed furnace controls the amount of air it moves by controlling the fan speed, ramping up and winding down depending on current temperature needs. Instead of stopping and starting at a single speed, a variable-speed fan operates at full speed to achieve the desired temperature and reverts to low-speed operation for long periods to maintain that temperature.
It’s tough to ignore the following significant benefits of having a variable-speed furnace:
- By running longer cycles at lower speeds, variable-speed fans can help reduce your annual energy costs, resulting in lower utility bills and more money in your pocket.
- Variable-speed fans also produce less noise than traditional furnace fans. Since the fan starts out at low speeds, homeowners won’t notice the sounds their furnace makes as it turns on and off.
- Thanks to longer run cycles, variable-speed fans can maintain constant indoor air temperatures. Constant air movement at low speeds helps eliminate drafts and cold spots in your home.
If you’d like to know if a variable-speed furnace would work well in your Long Island home, contact the professionals at T.F. O’Brien Cooling & Heating. We can handle all of your home comfort needs.