Agile Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning offers same day service calls for Denver heating repairs, in most cases. We also offer emergency furnace replacements and furnace installation services for Denver and the surrounding areas.
Our heating repair service can take care of any brand such as Carrier, Lennox, Rheem, Trane, York, Goodman, Amana, Bryant, Tempstar and many more. We give you options so that you can make a decision on what is best for your situation. We do not pressure you into buying something you do not need or do not want. No work is done without your authorized, written consent.
Whether you are in need of our Denver furnace repair services or our furnace installation services, we will always strive for your 100% satisfaction! We want to make sure that you are extremely happy and want to tell a friend or family member about us.
Furnace Installations and Furnace Replacements
Choosing the right furnace or heater to install in your home is the step that most heating contractors try to decide for you. We simply want to explain the features and options that are available and help you to pick and choose what works best for you and your budget. Today’s technology with furnaces and air conditioning has come a long way with improving the efficiency, comfort, and air quality of your home. You might decide that some features are worth spending money on and that some are simply not for you.
Two Stage Furnaces
Chances are that the furnace you have in your home is a single stage furnace because two stage technology has not been around for very long. The “stage” can also be thought of as a “speed” or a “gear” of heat. Imagine if you had a car that only had one gear! It certainly would not be ideal for all driving situations except maybe drag racing. A two stage furnace simply put, has two “gears” of heat. This way it will only use the higher “gear” when it needs it on a colder day and it will run on a low stage of heat the majority of the time. This is not only more efficient but it is quieter, using a lower blower speed on low stage. This two stage feature will greatly help to even out the hot and cold spots you may have in areas of your home. The two stage furnace feature is generally not too expensive to upgrade from the standard single stage.
A modulating furnace is similar to a two stage furnace. The difference is that instead of two defined stages or “gears” it has a varying capacity from around 40% to 100%. In most modulating gas furnaces, there can be as many as 100 “gears” of heat! Comfort and efficiency are at their best when your furnace is giving you the exact amount of heat for any type of weather. Lower heat means longer run cycles which equates into consistent temperatures throughout the entire house!
There is a price tag associated with this feature but it is unmatched in efficiency, comfort, and quietness. All modulating furnaces come with a variable speed blower. Most modulating furnaces require a special thermostat in order to properly operate. You would not want to spend the money on one of these and have the wrong thermostat cause it to operate like a two stage furnace. Many contractors do not tell you this information and put in the cheap thermostat, leaving you with an overpriced two stage furnace!
Variable Speed Furnace
A variable speed furnace is a great way to fix hot and cold spots in the home and give you the best filtration and air quality you can get! The term “variable speed” refers to the blower motor of the furnace. It does just that, it “varies” the amount of airflow to ensure that your heating and air conditioning equipment is getting the proper airflow delivery to achieve maximum efficiency. Airflow delivery is the most important factor to a properly operating heating and cooling system. Many problems and premature failures to equipment and parts are directly associated with improper airflow delivery. Proper airflow delivery is insured by the unique ability of the blower to count its own RPM rate. When a dirty filter or small duct size create a restriction or resistance, the variable speed motor will recognize the RPM drop and will automatically draw more power to overcome the restriction. The result is consistent airflow delivery and peak efficiency.
Some contractors may abuse this feature and use it to “band aid” a bad duct system. This will certainly shorten the life of the new furnace and blower. At Agile, we make sure that the duct work is properly sized to handle the amount of airflow that the blower needs. If not, we will make recommendations to remedy the problem that are usually very inexpensive.
Variable speed furnaces are designed to leave running to circulate the air in the home 24 hours a day. On a traditional blower this would be very expensive to operate! The variable speed blower motor uses about 60 watts of electricity when it is in its continuous fan mode, usually costing around $5 a month to run. Why run the blower all day? When the blower runs, it pulls the hot air from the upper levels of the home and mixes it with the colder air in the lower levels of the home, giving you the most consistent temperature in every room in the house. It runs at a very low airflow rate so that it is not noisy, and in fact, almost undetectable to the ear.
Finally, the best feature of the variable speed is its ability to clean the air in your home. When you’re using the blower 24 hours a day, you are filtering 24 hours a day and airborne allergens are constantly being removed or captured by your filter. Your filter is more effective at capturing these particles when the air is moving slowly across it rather than the traditional high speeds that operate during a call for heating or cooling. Whether you choose a two stage or a modulating version, the variable speed furnace is almost always worth the additional investment. It will also increase the SEER rating of any air conditioning system.