Are you in the market for a new furnace for your home? If you’ve come across variable-speed furnaces, you probably wonder whether the multistage, multispeed operation is worth the investment.
We highly recommend variable-speed furnaces for homeowners who want greater control over their monthly utility bills and comfort.
What is a variable-speed furnace system?
Variable-speed furnaces operate at different speeds, which gives you ultimate control over your comfort and monthly utility usage.
Here is how it works; the blower motor reduces it speed when your home reaches the perfect temperature, but it can still accelerate to quickly heat your space when the outside air temperature drops.
This furnace option is automatic and can operate in furnaces, air conditioners, or heat pumps.
These systems utilize an electronically commutated motor (ECM), that operates more efficiently than standard blower motors. This is ideal in Corpus Christi, where our winters are typically mild and don’t require operating the furnace at full capacity.
Another benefit that homeowners love: unlike traditional blowers that aggressively start and stop, the variable speed motor eases in for an almost silent experience.
Reduce your energy bills.
Traditional blowers have a consumption spike when they engage. This process of starting and stopping to achieve the desired temperature, followed by a period of inactivity, is not ideal for power consumption.
By comparison, a variable-speed furnace blower will operate continuously at a lower level, avoiding the starts and stops that waste energy.
Variable-Speed Blowers & Indoor Air Quality
The smooth and continuous operation of a variable-speed blower also facilitates improved air filtration by removing more dust, pet dander, and pollen, from your home.
A variable-speed blower also provides superior whole-house humidity control, which helps improve your comfort and makes it easier to breathe throughout the year.
Should I upgrade to a variable-speed furnace?
This is one of the most common questions we receive, and the answer is “it depends.”
If your system is relatively new and operating energy-efficiently, the energy savings may be negligible but the other benefits hold true. Luxurious ease-in for nearly silent operation, efficient air cleaning, and the evenest heat possible.
However, if you have an older system that’s nearing the end of its life span, then upgrading to a variable-speed furnace is a sound investment in your future comfort.
Variable-speed furnaces pair perfectly with smart home systems.
A smart thermostat, like Google Nest, can provide even more savings. You can manage your system operation while you are away, and monitor temperature and performance each month.
All this adds up to enhanced comfort, greater energy savings, and a reduced, eco-friendly environmental footprint. It’s a win all around for homeowners.
We’re happy to answer your questions and help you determine which equipment is ideally suited for your needs.