My husband and I have lived in our house for nearly twenty years. The heating and cooling system was already installed when we bought the house, and the equipment was not new at the time. We’ve been fortunate that the furnace and air conditioner have been quite reliable over the years. I’m sure that keeping up with annual professional maintenance and air filter changes has promoted smooth operation. Unfortunately, the furnace now needs to be replaced. Over the last couple of years, I’ve noticed a steady increase in the monthly energy bills. The furnace is definitely putting out less air and running for much longer cycles. On especially cold nights, it can no longer keep up with demand. While I hate to spend the money on a new furnace and deal with the whole installation process, I am anxious to have the new heating system up and running. I took the opportunity to research various makes and models, and decided to spend a bit more to take advantage of some innovative features. The furnace I chose achieves a 98% AFUE rating, which will significantly reduce running costs. It has the capability of adjusting capacity between 40 and 100% percent, allowing it to operate at lower speeds for longer cycles. This not only optimizes efficiency, but reduces sound levels and temperature swings. The modern furnace is also protected by advanced safety features, more effectively filters indoor air, and actually helps with humidification. The furnace is scheduled to be installed at the beginning of next week, and I’m super excited. This year, I’ll actually be looking forward to the cold winter weather.