The old standard in home furnaces used to be the single-stage furnace, which essentially only has an on-and-off switch. When on, the unit pumps out heated air at a constant speed until it reaches its maximum capacity, and then it continues blowing air at maximum capacity. These days homeowners have a better and more efficient option for home heating systems: the variable speed furnace.
The variable part refers to the blower motor, in that a variable speed furnace will automatically adjust the speed of airflow as necessary. The technology driving the furnace allows it to recognize when to cycle off or heat at less than full power. This allows you to enjoy three key benefits of using a variable speed furnace:
- Savings on energy – Although a variable speed unit runs more often, it uses less energy because it doesn’t need to run at full capacity all the time. These units are reliable money savers and an excellent starting point for an energy-efficient home.
- Consistent temperatures – By adjusting airflow, the variable speed furnace ensures that your home will receive heating at a more precise and even temperature. Single-stage furnaces can make the home hot for a time and then let the air grow cold before the next run cycle starts again. The variable speed allows for longer run cycles with greater consistency.
- Greater comfort without all the noise – With a variable speed motor, the furnace can gradually, quietly turn on and off instead of abruptly and loudly starting and stopping. While the furnace is running, it will also be less noisy overall because it won’t be running harder and louder than necessary.
For more information about whether a variable speed furnace is right for your home, or for any other HVAC concerns, contact the experts at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’ve been proudly serving the Cincinnati area for over 100 years.
"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.