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It is critical to maintain your heating system - as no one wants to be without heat. Since 1953, Schmidt Heating and Cooling has been providing our customers - both residential and commercial - across the greater Cincinnati Ohio area with prompt, professional, reliable expert installation, maintenance and heating repair.

The process of choosing a new furnace for your home can be overwhelming and confusing. At Schmidt Heating and Cooling we will help you select the right heating system for your comfort, efficiency and budget.

Understanding Today's Furnaces

Furnace Efficiency Rating

All of today's Furnaces and Boilers efficiency is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). To be more specific, AFUE is the ratio of annual heat output of the furnace or boiler compared to the total fossil fuel energy consumed by a furnace or boiler in a year.

For example a furnace rated at 80 AFUE means for every dollar you spend to heat your home 80 cents is returned in heat and 20 cents is lost. The AFUE rating does not include how much heat energy is lost through the ductwork of the heating system. Leaking ducts or duct work running through a cold attic will increase how much is lost. A 80 AFUE rated furnace compared to older furnaces which recover only 45-65 cents worth of heat, these 80 AFUE furnaces are affordable and good choices for your home. To get the maximum worth out of each dollar spent on gas, a 90% plus operating furnace is the best option available. Each dollar spent in turn brings over 95 cent back in heat to your home.

Types of Furnaces

Single Stage Furnace

This is the least expensive furnace. Also this type of furnace is the least technical, which means it is easy to install and repair making them the most common furnaces. Single stage means the furnace will use the same size of flame to produce heat regardless of the temperature outside or inside. So with single stage furnaces the furnace is cheaper to buy but your monthly utility bills with be higher to operate this type furnace.

Two Stage Furnaces

The furnace has two stages of heat, a smaller size flame for those chilly days and a larger size flame for those really frigid cold days. This allows the furnace to stay on longer while burning less gas. This helps to keep your home more comfortable. And because the furnace actually slows down, noise is also reduced. A two stage furnace costs more initially but will save you on your monthly utility bills.

Variable Speed Furnace

Variable speed furnace does not actually refer to the furnace itself; it refers to the furnace's blower motor. The term "variable speed" refers to the furnace's indoor blower motor, which moves at different speeds to precisely control the flow of heated and cooled air throughout your home. These variable speed motors use way less energy than the standard blower motors and increase the furnaces AFUE rating . These variable speeds also provide a quiet, consistent flow of air for enhanced comfort to help eliminate hot/cold spots in your home. If using a A/C unit with the furnace the variable speed greatly improves humidity control which saves you more money on cooling costs during the summer.

Variable Capacity Furnace also called Modulating gas furnaces

This type furnace goes beyond the two stage furnace by varying output between 35% and 100% only using the amount of fuel needed to maintain the desired temperature. The variable capacity furnaces are among the most energy efficient furnaces and are rated at 98% efficiency.

Dual Fuel Heating systems

Get the best of both types of energy sources when they are most efficient-electricity and gas. What makes this system so ideal is that it seamlessly alternates between the two energy sources, depending on outdoor conditions. A heat pump functions as both a heating and cooling system, reducing gas fuel consumption. On extra cold days, the gas furnace becomes the primary heat source making it the most efficient energy source.

At Schmidt Heating and Cooling as a Lennox dealer we offer furnace systems from 80 AFUE to 98.2 AFUE to help fit your budget and comfort and to lower your monthly utility bills. Please give us a call today to find out more or to schedule your free in-home consultation on a new Furnace or central air system.