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When it comes to replacing a furnace, we take a different approach. We don’t just sell you a furnace. We design a heating system that works with you, your home and your budget. This all starts with the person who comes to your home. We don’t send out a salesman whose biggest concern is “closing the deal” so they can collect their commission.

Our system designers are licensed tradesman that have years of experience in the field. This means you can be assured that the system they design for you will save you energy, make your home comfortable and give you years of trouble-free service.

So many furnace replacement choices

Like many other products, we have more and more furnace models to choose from. It can be overwhelming at times, especially when it’s -15 degrees outside and your furnace is out of commission and you desperately need furnace replacement.

Below is a step-by-step explanation of the different options you have when choosing a new heating system. Please remember that every home if different, and the best way to find out which model would fit your needs best is to have a system designer come to your home and see what model would work the best for you.

Furnace efficiency

Furnace efficiency is simple, for every dollar of natural gas you buy, how much stays in your home and how much goes up your chimney?

  • 80% furnace = $.80 in your home / $.20 outside
  • 95% furnace= $.95 in your home / $.05 outside

As you can see, a 95% furnace gives you more heat in your home than an 80% furnace; however we are not able to install 95% furnaces in all homes. Town homes are sometimes a challenge because the mechanical rooms are located in the middle of the home with no outside walls to run the vent pipes out. Your system designer will be able to verify this during their visit.

Furnace stages

Furnace staging describes how many levels of heat the burner puts out. Single stage and 2-stage burners have been around for years, recently modulating burners have come on the scene and have been pushing furnace efficiencies into the 98% range.

  • Single stage– the furnace burner operates at 1 level, 100% on or 100% off.
  • 2-Stage– the furnace operates at 2 levels, 66% or 100%. The benefit of a 2 stage burner is in mild weather your furnace will not cycle on and off (short cycle)as much. Every time your furnace starts, it has to warm itself up before it runs efficiently. The other benefit to longer run times is you generally get more even temperatures throughout your home.
  • Modulating– A modulating furnace is an enhanced 2-stage furnace, instead of operating at 2 stages, it operates at 65 stages (depending on make and model) We have been installing these for about 4 years now and have been very impressed with their performance.

Blower motors

The furnace blower motor is located in the bottom half of the furnace cabinet, it is used to circulate air through the furnace heat exchanger during the winter and the cooling coil during the summer. The type of blower motor you choose is one of the most important decisions you’ll make, it can affect the comfort and operating cost of your new system.

  • PSC motor– (permanent spilt capacitor) these motors have been around for years, they generally have 4 speeds. 2 speeds are used at a time, a lower speed for heating and a higher speed for cooling and “fan on” setting on your thermostat. The extra 2 speeds are used to make air flow adjustments by a technician.
  • Variable speed motor– ECM motor (electronically commutated motor) is a DC controlled motor that is much more energy efficient than a PSC motor. It also has the capability of changing speeds to make your home more comfortable, here are just a few benefits of a Variable Speed Blower.
  1. Constant air flow during the off cycle of heating or cooling, this evens out temperatures from room to room and level to level, great for cold basements.
  2. During air conditioning mode, the fan ramps up slowly, removing more humidity from your home.
  3. Consistent air flow, as your filter gets dirty the Variable Speed Blower will speed up to overcome the resistance.
  4. Heavy duty construction, variable speed motors are continuous duty ball bearings motors, they are built to run nonstop for years.
  5. Major electrical savings, especially in homes where the fan is ran all the time to help even out temperatures.
  • High Efficiency motors– These are a hybrid of a PSC and Variable speed motor. You will see the electrical savings with these motors but they don’t have the same speed control benefits of a true variable speed motor. Be aware of what you are being quoted when you get a furnace estimate, some heating companies are telling customers that they are installing a variable speed and they are using high efficiency motors instead.

The options listed above are available in both 80% and 95% models, Trane offers 12 different models of furnaces, below are the top 3 we sell. The most popular Trane furnace is the XV95. This is a 2-stage, variable speed furnace, the design has been out for over 15 years now and we have hundreds of them in service. It’s a very simple, durable design.

Furnace Replacement XC95m Aabbott Ferraro MN

XC95m

Communicating technology in a fully modulating furnace for the ultimate comfort and greater efficiency, the advanced ComfortLink™ II allows the XC95m to constantly calibrate itself for optimal performance year after year.

Every Trane furnace is packed with high-quality components. Each helps ensure that time after time, your unit will provide total comfort your family can rely on. The XC95m includes:

  • ComfortLink™ II communicating capability
  • Communicating user interface
  • Variable speed blower motor
  • Fully modulating gas heat furnace that provides greater fuel efficiency and ultimate comfort control
  • Heavy gauge, two-tone powder-painted cabinet
  • Increased dehumidification with Comfort-R™
  • Durable silicon nitride hot surface igniter
  • Multi-port, in-shot burners
  • One-piece aluminized steel primary heat exchanger
  • 24-volt fuse to protect controls
  • Insulated cabinet for quiet operation
  • Compatible with ERV, humidifier and air cleaner

MN Furnace Replacement VX95

XV95

The XV95 is one of the highest efficiency in the industry, providing superior performance for the ultimate comfort experience.

Every Trane furnace is packed with high-quality components. Each helps ensure that time after time, your unit will provide total comfort your family can rely on. The XV95 includes:

  • Variable speed blower
  • Two-stage gas heating
  • Heavy gauge, two-tone powder-painted cabinet
  • Increased dehumidification with Comfort-R™
  • Durable silicon nitride hot surface igniter
  • Multi-port, in-shot burners
  • One-piece aluminized steel primary heat exchanger
  • 24-volt fuse to protect controls
  • Insulated cabinet for quiet operation
  • Compatible with ERV, humidifier and air cleaner

Furnace XR95

XR95

The XR95 forced air heating gas furnace offers our highest energy efficiency in single-stage performance, which means more of your energy dollars go toward actually heating your home.

Every Trane hot air furnace is packed with high-quality components. Each helps ensure that time after time, your unit will provide total comfort your family can rely on. The XR95 forced air furnace includes:

  • Aluminized steel heat exchanger
  • Three-row secondary heat exchanger
  • Direct-drive, multi-speed blower motor
  • Self-diagnostic microelectronic controller
  • Durable silicon nitride hot surface igniter
  • Multi-port, in-shot burners
  • Sealed combustion, 100% outside air option
  • Pre-painted galvanized steel cabinet
  • Hinged blower doors with easy-open door latches
  • Insulated heavy steel cabinet for quiet operation

For more information on furnace replacement in MN, call Aabbott Ferraro at (651) 776-7214 or get a Free Estimate.