What is a dual-stage furnace?
Within the “on” setting of a dual-stage furnace, there is a low and a high setting. Generally, your furnace will run on the low setting. If there is a sudden change, like an influx of cold weather, the furnace will kick into high gear.
Dual-stage furnaces deliver a more consistent heat to your home and are more responsive to weather fluctuations, resulting in less drastic temperature changes inside. They are more efficient energy-wise than a single-stage furnace, the outcome of which is lower energy bills.
Models are designed to operate more quietly and because the furnace is not switching on and off over the course of the day, they are less disruptive. A high-efficiency furnace can also be eligible for a government rebate.
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Dual stage furnaces are typically a bit more expensive than single stage models ($250 – $600 more on average), but it’s often a worthwhile investment to achieve more consistent and comfortable heating, and better energy-efficiency.
However keep in mind the the furnace is only part of the equation. If your home has poor insulation and old, drafty windows, a new high-efficiency natural gas or propane furnace won’t fix everything!
What home is it best suited for?
If your home has multiple levels, has a tendency towards cold and hot spots or if you live in an area in which you experience drastic temperature drops or changes, a dual-stage heating system will keep you cozy, consistently.
Given a typical cost difference of only a few hundred dollars, dual stage furnaces are a good option for pretty much any homeowner who can afford it.
Is a dual-stage furnace worth it?
A dual-stage will cost you slightly more in the beginning, but with lower energy bills and improved comfort, it’s a small price to pay and worth “splurging” for.