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Are There Benefits to a Variable Speed Furnace?

No product is pushed harder in the heating industry than variable speed furnaces. There are three reasons for this:

  • Rebates to consumers are closely connected to them.
  • Contractor pricing and bonuses are based on how well they sell these furnaces.
  • They’re high profit for manufacturers.

Because of this, it’s difficult to find anything but marketing hype about these furnaces. Most of it is not only misleading but wrong. That’s not surprising.

But using independent studies and years of consumer experience we can find the true pros and cons of these furnaces.

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What is the Best Furnace Brand?

I wonder how some consumer magazines and review sites do it? How can they pass judgment on ALL products that come into their realm?

Is it because of some divine ability to be a professional on ALL subjects? Or do they have time machines to see what products will still be around in the future?

The reason I ask is because of how many times I have seen them misjudge or cast a negative light on a perfectly good product.

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Is A Two Stage Furnace Worth It?

A common question when someone needs to replace their furnace is whether to choose a single stage or two stage furnace.

Most people pay very little attention to their furnace. The first time we even hear the option of two stage heating is from a contractor’s salesman. Often these salesman wax poetic about how much better a two stage furnace is over a single stage furnace.

But before you choose, I’d like to give you my real world experience with these furnaces. You’ll find it quite different from what salesmen are telling you.

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How Much Does A New Furnace Cost?

Let’s start by making sure we are on the same page. When we discuss new furnace cost we are talking about what a furnace replacement costs when done by a professional HVAC contractor.

A furnace installation should never be installed by a do-it-yourselfer. Install plumbing wrong in your home and you could have water damage. Install a furnace wrong and someone could die. Don't mess with it unless you know what you are doing.

When people ask, "How much does a new furnace cost?" it's not a simple answer. It depends on your choices in three important areas.

  • Furnace Efficiency
  • Furnace Features
  • Installing Contractor

You’ll notice that the furnace brand is not listed as a factor. Despite the marketing hype, the price of a new furnace has little to do with the furnace brand.

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