When the snow starts falling in Saginaw, MI, you want a furnace you can depend on to keep your family warm and safe. Behind every great furnace is a great team of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals—you can count on Answer Heating & Cooling to keep your heating equipment running strong.
We can service any make or model. Additionally, we install only the finest heating and cooling products: furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, and air conditioners. No matter the time of year, we’re ready to improve your home comfort.
What Does AFUE Mean?
AFUE stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. This rating system gives you a quick way to see how cost-effective an HVAC unit is.
Older, lower-tier furnaces typically have an AFUE of 56 to 70 percent. That means little more than half of the fuel they consume gets used. Not exactly the most productive use of resources. Fortunately, furnaces have come a long way since then, burning as high as 98.5 percent AFUE.
How Much Money Can a New Furnace Save You?
Our AFUE energy savings calculator can help determine how much you could save on your utility bills. Just enter your current unit’s AFUE value and compare it to a newer, more efficient system.
A new furnace does more than save you money on energy costs—it lowers your home’s carbon emissions. Switching out from your old 56 percent AFUE clunker to a 90 percent AFUE efficiency model can reduce your carbon footprint by a significant margin, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
What Is a Variable Speed Furnace?
Single-stage furnaces only blow hot air at one speed. They are the most affordable upfront—but the most expensive to operate. Additionally, they have the most temperature variance, sometimes a four to six degrees difference between rooms.
Two-stage furnaces can distribute hot air at a full-speed or half-speed setting. This allows for more comfort and efficiency without breaking the bank.
Variable speed furnaces have fully dynamic and responsive blower speeds. This is the most energy-efficient option by far. Also, your home will be a near-uniform temperature, within a fraction of a difference between all rooms.
How Does a Furnace Work?
Gas furnaces heat using combustion. Once you set your thermostat, your furnace gets to work.
The ignitor lights the gas. Newer models use an electric starter to ignite, while older models use a pilot flame.
The combustion chamber lets in oxygen. This keeps the combustion efficient and clean. It also gets rid of byproducts, sending them through your flue.
The heat exchanger captures the heat rising from the combustion chamber. It has metal tubes that warm up. The heat from the tubes gets distributed through your air ducts with blowers.
Furnace Installation and Replacement
Need a new heating system installed? We can help with that. At Answer Heating & Cooling, our team of highly trained experts is ready to modernize your home comfort.
From start to finish, it’s a collaborative process:
- First, we’ll take measurements to determine the appropriate size of the heating system for your home.
- Next, we’ll assist as you find the model that meets your personal preferences and budget.
- Then, we’ll give you an accurate estimate.
The average installation takes four to eight hours. However, the timeframe may increase if you need additional air ducts put in or work done on your wires or gas lines.
Be sure to ask about our convenient financing options to purchase the HVAC equipment your family deserves. Ready to get started? Give us a call.
Are you having furnace troubles? Common symptoms include:
- Short cycling
- Patchy heat or no heat at all
- Strange sounds
It gets cold here in Michigan, so we take repair calls seriously. Our experts are committed to solving the problem and making a long-lasting repair—no band-aid solutions. As an added protection, we offer repair warranties.
HVAC equipment always seems to break down at the wrong time! No worries—we offer 24/7 emergency response services to be there right when you need us.
Schedule a fall tune-up to keep your heating system running at peak efficiency all winter. It’s also critical for your safety—a professional needs to check your heat exchanger for any cracks that could lead to a dangerous carbon monoxide leak. Your specialist will also perform vital cleaning that helps extend the lifespan of your equipment. Schedule maintenance today. Or sign up for one of our Maintenance Plans to receive reminders, priority service, discounts, and more.
Call Answer Heating & Cooling for Dependable HVAC Service
Brian and Andrew were courteous and clean. Everything was explained thoroughly. Even things that would help in the future since our house is old. I would recommend them to everyone.
Mat and Bob were fantastic! Experts in their tasks, informative, friendly, courteous & true professionals. We were very impressed with them!
“Dean and a new employee to the company came out to the house for a recheck of a problem that was not resolved by a different tech the prior day. They were very thorough and took time to test completely. The result was close to the same as the prior service call but I felt way more confident with the plan presented. I will continue to use the company as a result of this call. I appreciate the effort put in to customer satisfaction!
– Julia R.
“Matt I and Bob G did an excellent job! Very courteous and very professional! They explained everything as they did the installations. We would highly recommend Answer Heating and Cooling to our friends and neighbors! We want to thank Matt and Bob again for their work and service!”
– Robert M.
Jim was very helpful in our decisions of which furnace & AC to buy. Mat & Bob were very friendly, professional & efficient with the installation. We will recommend Answer Heating to our friends – great people!
Brian was fabulous. Very respectful & considerate. Answered all questions I had during & after installing. Brian seemed to enjoy what he does, very organized. Andrew was also respectful & considerate. Always smiling, very enjoyable & professional.
– Rose M.
Mat & Bob were professional, productive and respectful. Answer Heating & Cooling can feel confident and proud in the excellent work ethic these two men exhibited. We were (and are) extremely satisfied in the work they’ve done here.
-Randy & Elizabeth K.
“My heat exchanger went out on my furnace. The type of exchanger I had was in short supply. They were able to locate one for me quickly. The office staff was professional and answered my questions. Matt was the tech that came out and he kept me informed on what was happening and how long to take. He was patient in answering all of my questions. He left the work area cleaner than it was before he started the repair. It took 3 days from my first call to the job being finished. I’m very happy with the service. If I have any more HVAC issues they will be my first call and my recommendation to anyone looking for work to be done.”
– John H.