Gas Furnaces

Furnace service.
Furnace service.

Are you thinking about upgrading your furnace but not quite sure where to begin?

We understand. Furnaces are more efficient than ever, with a plethora of features designed to keep you comfortable. They come in different sizes and shapes, some more powerful than others. They also have different price points based on their efficiency ratings.

The thermostat is the brains of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. But it’s the furnace that provides all the muscle, teaming up with your ductwork to send warm air throughout your Oregon home.

And always remember, a happy home is a warm one! It would only take a few cold days in a row with no indoor heat for all the pipes in your home to freeze.

What matters most is to pick the right furnace that fits your budget and the size of your home. Our team at Comfort Solutions Heating & Cooling has the knowledge and expertise to help you make that choice. We’re a trusted name in Portland, OR, and the surrounding area for creating healthy homes. Give us a call today—we can schedule a free consultation to help with your next home improvement project.

Choosing the Right Furnace by Fuel Type

Your first decision is easy: choosing the fuel type.

The most common source is natural gas. Your local utility company supplies the fuel delivered to your home through an underground gas line. The price of natural gas is relatively stable, so you don’t have to worry about cost fluctuations. Plus, you never need to worry about storage.

  • If you have access to a natural gas line, we strongly recommend a gas furnace. These furnaces have proven their value over the years for providing steady comfort on the coldest of days.
  • Oil furnaces are a popular alternative in the United States, particularly in parts of the Northeast that do not have easy access to natural gas. These types of furnaces last longer than a gas furnace but do not operate as efficiently. Oil prices fluctuate more than natural gas prices, making it harder to gauge your monthly expenses. Plus, you will need a storage tank for the oil.
  • Electric furnaces tend to last longer than gas furnaces and cost less to install. On the other hand, they are more expensive to operate and take longer to heat your home. Anyone living in a cold climate would enjoy more comfort with a gas or oil furnace.

Choosing the Right Furnace Speed

Furnaces run at different speeds. The operating speed you choose will impact your comfort, budget, and indoor air quality (IAQ).

Single-stage furnaces have just two settings, on or off. Your furnace switches on and continues to run to reach the desired temperature. Once it reaches the temperature, the furnace turns off. Single-stage furnaces are the most affordable models and easiest to install. But they are the least efficient and tend to create hot and cold spots in larger homes.

Two-stage furnaces run at full-speed and half-speed. This allows your furnace to heat your home more evenly, producing a more consistent temperature from room to room. In addition to producing better heating, the half-speed setting is much quieter.

Variable speed furnaces are the gold standard of the heating world. These models adjust their speeds to provide precise comfort. They run longer at slower speeds, improving efficiencies while lowering your energy bills. Because they do not frequently cycle on and off, these systems tend to have fewer breakdowns.

Variable speed furnaces are much more adept in maintaining your indoor air quality, catching harmful particles, and eliminating excess moisture that causes mold growth. Larger homes benefit tremendously from variable speed furnaces.

Choosing an Efficient Furnace

The AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating on your furnace indicates how much energy it converts. An energy-efficient furnace with an AFUE rating of 95 can convert 95 percent of the energy it consumes into heat.

The higher the AFUE rating, the more money you save on monthly utility bills. Energy-efficient furnaces emit fewer greenhouse gases and make less noise when they operate. If you want to reduce your home’s carbon footprint, the perfect place to start is with your heating and cooling equipment!

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.

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Furnace Installation or Replacement

Don’t invest in a quality HVAC system and then hire a substandard contractor to install it. You will never enjoy the full benefits of a system installed incorrectly.

At Comfort Solutions Heating & Cooling, we specialize in installing equipment the right way. We take our time to ensure everything is measured correctly. Our team will also conduct a thorough energy audit of your home to find additional ways to lower your energy use.

Be sure to ask about our convenient financing options designed to make it easy for you to create your dream home.

Furnace Repairs

Odd sounding noises, a spike in energy bills, or constant cycling—these signs indicate a problem with your furnace. Don’t wait for a minor issue to turn into a costly problem. Give us a call today if you detect a problem with your HVAC system. We promise never to replace a part unless necessary—or if we can demonstrate significant cost savings.

Furnace Maintenance

Want to get the most value from your HVAC system? Develop a preventative maintenance plan. Doing so can rejuvenate your equipment, increase your comfort, and lower your operating costs.

Give us a call today and ask about our customized Mr. Comfort Club tailored to fit your budget and needs. Enjoy peace of mind knowing a trusted professional is watching over your HVAC equipment.

Call Us Today

Our entire team at Comfort Solutions Heating & Cooling values the trust you placed in our company—we promise to work extra hard to keep your business. Let us install your next furnace. Give our Portland, OR, area office a call today for a free consultation. Call us at (503) 698-2665 or request service online today.

Need Furnace Service?

Contact the experts at Comfort Solutions Heating & Cooling.

Call us at (503) 698-2665!

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“On May 3, 2024, Mason & Ken came from Comfort Solutions to my home to tune up my 22-year old gas furnace. They did a spectacular job. They had extensive diagnostic equipment and tested all the furnace components for voltage/amperage, CO, component temperatures, air pressure and flow. They took apart many internal components and thoroughly cleaned them with brushing and vacuuming. They removed a lot of debris from my PVC fresh air combustion pipe and cleaned internal surfaces. As an extra service they removed the main blower/motor assembly and totally cleaned all the many fan blades. The furnace now runs like it is brand new. I couldn't be happier with their excellent work.”
- Thomas S.

“Comfort Solutions is my “go to” for heating. They installed my heater in 2006 & have maintained it ever since. Response time to calls is quick. Technicians are knowledgeable, friendly & respectful. Today’s tech (Mason) was awesome. He explained everything very thoroughly & knew his stuff! I am very happy with this company & their team.”

- Paula J.

“Nothing like the power being out during the snow/ice storm to free up time for an overdue review.

Mason came out a few weeks ago to inspect our 20+ year old little Rheem furnace. It died and I fully expected it to need replacing. But Mason was able to get it running again plus gave it a good cleaning! He shared that my furnace was an overachiever, partly due to it's simple build. What a relief! It will need replacing in a bit but buys me time to save up for our planned central heat & air – I'll certainly be contacting Comfort for this job.

Besides Mason being knowledgeable and efficient he had no interest in up selling – I appreciated his practicality. And now that I've gotten power back the furnace is running like a champ!

Cudos to the front office staff too. They were able to get Mason out quickly and worked well with me with getting needed parts and billing.

I chose Comfort Solutions in part due to the reviews and am glad to add my mine to the others.”

- Zelda A.

“Comfort Solutions was great to work with – through every step. Our furnace stopped working right before we left for vacation and they went the extra mile to help ensure we were not without heat any longer than necessary. They installed the day after Thanksgiving. The owner came out to do the measurements himself. Everyone was so nice and helpful. Their pricing is competitive and what you get from the service side makes this the best deal in town. I highly recommend using them. Also noting they installed our AC unit and a furnace at a relative’s house. All with the same outstanding service and quality.”

- Renee H.

“Mason was great. So quiet while he worked I forgot he was there. He gladly answered all my questions and changed my air filters. He left the work area clean. Good worker.”

- Eileen C.

“Everyone was great! Great customer service. You showed up when you said you would, they guys were knowledgeable and did what they needed to do in a timely and efficient manner! Good company! 👍👍👍”

- Joseph M.

“Called them says I have no heat, just cold air blowing out the duct. They came the same day, and Mason was awesome and did an excellent job describing what the problem was and fixing it in a timely manner. I am definitely using them for my furnace maintenance needs going forward!”

- Judy M.

“Excellent service. Incredibly knowledgeable. Responded to my questions and I learned a lot. Very thorough. I am very happy with the service and would hire them again.”

- Bruce Z.

Your tech Dorian provided an inspection of my furnace this morning. In a few words: professional, courteous, knowledgeable. Dorian was very helpful answering my questions. I’d be happy to call upon Comfort Solutions again for servicing issues.

Cris C