Shrinking Furnaces?

Old 12-08-10, 08:40 PM
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Shrinking Furnaces?

I am looking for a new furnace and have noticed that several of the furnaces are coming "compact". Best example I can give is here:

Gas Furnace: 96% Modulating (Compact)

The compact is much smaller than the regular one. Are the compacts using some new technology? Anyone has experience using them?

Do the major manufacturers (Lennox, Trane, Carrier etc.) make compact versions?

Old 12-09-10, 06:07 AM
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Pretty much everyone has gone small on their furnace. They have been doing this for awhile, so you are "Safe" to go with this size compair to the big old furnace back from the 60'-70's.

There is nothing new with the technology, they just able to make it smaller, and so on.
Old 12-09-10, 08:33 AM
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Cost of steel is significant these days. Use less material and your costs are lowered. Also it makes it easier for a smaller crew to install equipment, and it fits in more places.

More compact equipment is a benefit. Not a huge benefit, but one engineers seem capable of delivering for us.

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