Managing Your HVAC System

2 Furnaces In One Home — Would You Benefit?

Have you been struggling to keep your home comfortably warm this winter? Do you live in a multi-level home and use electricity to heat the home? If so, it might be time to call in the professionals and discuss the possibility of adding a second furnace to your home. Here, you'll find some information that will help you understand why this move could be beneficial to your comfort and your electricity bill.

Why Two Furnaces?

When it comes to electric furnaces, producing enough heat to maintain a comfortable temperature in a large home can be expensive and inefficient — this is especially true if you have levels of the home that aren't used as much as the other.

You see, when you have two furnaces running to heat the home, the first furnace will not have to work as hard to maintain the temperature in the space where you do most of your living. Overworking a furnace does two things: it increases your electricity bill and lowers the life expectancy of the furnace. The harder it works, the more it costs, and the more strain is put on the system. Running two furnaces reduces these issues, and if the first one breaks down, you have the second to use to keep a part of the home comfortable until repairs can be made.

Two Thermostats

Running separate furnaces also allows you to use two thermostats, as each furnace will need a thermostat to tell it when to kick on. One great example of how this can help is connecting one furnace to heat the basement and one to heat the upper levels. If you don't spend a lot of time in the basement, you can set the thermostat much lower than you would in the areas where you're spending most of your time. This will be much easier on the system and save you a ton of money in the cost of electricity through the winter.

Home Additions

If you've added on to your home since the first furnace was installed, the second furnace may be needed to produce enough heat for the addition. Without the second, you'd have to consider upgrading to a bigger furnace and possibly making some serious adjustments to the ductwork and cold air returns.

This is a project that is best left to the professionals. There is a lot of thought that goes into the design of the two-furnace system that you likely won't be able to excel with like a professional will. Hopefully, this change will help keep your home more comfortable and decrease your heating costs for next year.

Contact a home furnace installation company in your area for more information.