Our furnace is a two stage one that was installed last year (a Bryant 80t). When it was installed, it was installed with a thermostat for a one stage furnace. This appears to be because this model furnace has a mode where it will accept being controlled by a single stage thermostat and determine for itself when to fire the second stage based on its memory of recent cycles.
We just got one of those new fangled Nest thermostats that has the ability to control the second stage directly. When I installed the new thermostat, I left it configured as it was before (not wanting to change too many things at once), so the new one is controlling the furnace as a single device.
I'm curious now whether I could expect any significant difference in performance if I reconfigure the setup to allow the thermostat to control the second stage? Or, will I see similar results because the furnace probably is smart enough to activate itself at an appropriate time?