Best Furnaces in Columbus

Best Gas Furnaces for Columbus, Ohio Homes

Gas furnaces are commonly used to heat homes throughout the Columbus, Ohio area. This popular heating system equipment delivers consistent warmth to keep your home safe and cozy throughout the winter months. Install a new high efficiency gas furnace for lower energy costs and reliable comfort. If you need furnace repairs or maintenance for your natural gas furnace, turn to Buckeye Heating & cooling.

We know how important your furnace is to the comfort of your family. When your current heating unit isn’t performing as it should, our team of NATE-certified furnace technicians are committed to making the improvements you need, whether that be repairs or replacement. We offer maintenance services to help you keep your furnace system in good shape over its many years of service. Emergency furnace repair service is available to fix your heating unit whenever breakdowns occur.

Contact Buckeye Heating & Cooling today to request an appointment for furnace repairs or furnace maintenance. If you are ready to install a new furnace in your home, request an estimate for new high efficiency furnace equipment.

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Options for Upgrading Your Gas Furnace

Gas furnaces offer improved warmth at reasonable operating costs, which make this equipment such a popular heating choice amongst Columbus, Ohio area homeowners. If your older natural gas furnace isn’t keeping your home comfortable the way you like or your energy bills have shot up without explanation, it may be time to upgrade your furnace equipment.

Buckeye Heating & Cooling’s team of knowledgeable Comfort Consultants work to assess your heating needs and walk you through the many options you have for new furnace equipment. We offer several gas furnace models manufactured by Carrier, available with a range of energy efficiency ratings, features, and price points. We will help you find the right model to fit the needs of your home as well as your personal budget, and provide detailed information on every model so you can make an informed purchase choice.

When you feel confident you’ve found the best new gas furnace for your home, trust our NATE-certified furnace installation team to place your new unit into service without flaws. Quality installation work is critical to the long-term performance and success of your system – with NATE certifications plus factory direct training as a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, you can be confident our team knows exactly what is needed to protect your new furnace and ensure its high performance. We are confident you’ll love your new Carrier heating system, or we will do our part to make sure you are 100% satisfied with your new gas furnace.

How to Choose a New Gas Furnace

With so many models on the market, how’s a homeowner to determine the best natural gas furnace for their homes? You know natural gas energy rates are affordable and natural gas heat offers better warmth and energy efficiency than electric, but how do you figure out which product to put in your home?

Buckeye Heating & Cooling’s team of Comfort Consultants is here to help you do just that. Before you begin to explore specific equipment models, consider the factors you want to look for in a new gas furnace.

Furnace Capacity

For a furnace to heat a home accurately and efficiently, it must be sized properly. Furnace capacity refers to the amount of heat the unit can produce, which is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). Residential furnaces are usually between 60,000 and 100,000 BTU output.

To determine the right size furnace for your home, the home’s heating load must first be determined. HVAC professionals use Manual J calculations to determine heating load, which consider many attributes of the home and how it gains or loses heat energy, including square footage, number of rooms, ceiling heights, exposure, roofing material and color, number of windows and doors, number of occupants, and more.

It is critical to have your new furnace sized based on this calculation. A furnace that is too small or too large for your home will waste energy and do a poor job of keeping your home comfortable. Undersized and oversized furnaces often suffer more breakdowns and won’t last as long as a correctly sized furnace.

Energy Efficiency Ratings

AFUE is the acronym used to show a furnace’s energy efficiency rating, which stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This percentage tells you how efficiently the gas furnace uses the gas energy it takes in. Lower AFUE furnaces produce more waste as they heat a home compared to higher efficiency units. Therefore, using lower efficiency furnace models will cost more to heat homes than high efficiency units.

80% AFUE is the minimum efficiency available for new natural gas furnaces, but the higher the number, the more efficient the furnace. Efficiency ratings go as high as 98% AFUE! New gas furnaces that are ENERGY STAR qualified offer an AFUE of 95% or greater. Compared to minimum efficiency gas furnaces, choosing an ENERGY STAR rated model will save you at least 15% on heating costs.

Heat Output

Today’s furnace and heating technology allows for multi-stage operation, providing various levels of heat output for improved comfort control and energy efficiency. Operation stages refer to the speed the blower motor runs at to send heated air throughout the house.

  • Single stage furnaces have blowers that run at only one speed. The furnace always runs at full capacity, which isn’t always the most efficient.
  • Two stage furnaces have blowers that can run at two different operating speeds, high and low. Normally, the furnace will run at low speed for energy efficiency but the high-speed option can be used when the furnace needs more power to keep the home comfortable. High speeds usually only run during very cold weather when the temperature differential is larger between indoor air and outdoor air. Low speed operation is much quieter, offering a better user experience.
  • Variable speed blowers have electronically commutated motors (ECMs) that operate the blower at varying speeds depending on the heating needs of the home. Variable speed technology can speed up or slow down the blower for precision heating distribution. Furnaces with this feature are more energy efficient with higher AFUE ratings. They use less energy, operate quietly, and provide a better balance between air temperatures and relative humidity inside the home.

Gas Valve

Furnace models are available with fixed, two-stage, or multi-stage gas valves that control the amount of natural gas used during operation.

  • A single-stage or fixed gas valve always releases natural gas into the furnace at the same rate. Essentially, the furnace works at a fixed capacity, which burns the same amount of fuel no matter the conditions. These furnaces are the least energy efficient with the lowest AFUE ratings.
  • Two-stage gas furnaces have gas valves that can vary gas output between a low and high stage, which is 70% and 100% output. Normally, the furnace will run at the lower stage to save energy, but the high stage can be used when necessary to heat the home comfortable.
  • Multi-stage or modulating natural gas furnaces run at varying speeds of gas output, electronically adjusting the burner flame intensity to deliver the precise amount of heat needed in the home. Low operation is used most often to conserve energy but the furnace will automatically adjust and run at higher stages when more heat is needed. These units are the most energy efficient with the higher AFUE ratings.

Heat Exchanger

The heat exchanger is a key component of a natural gas furnace. It contains the combustion gases that produce heat. As air passes over the heat exchanger, it safely absorbs the heat from combustion gases. It is important that the combustion gases be kept out of the air supply, as carbon monoxide exposure can be deadly.

A single heat exchanger is always found in a gas furnace. Many high efficiency natural gas furnaces also come with a secondary heat exchanger. The secondary heat exchanger continues to use latent heat from the combustion gases, which would be vented out in a system with only one heat exchanger. Furnaces with two heat exchangers are more energy efficient, harnessing more heat from the fuel the system consumes. Gases turn into water vapor and condensation in the secondary heat exchanger, so these furnaces will have a condensate drain to expel the liquid byproducts.

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