Replacing a furnace is a common situation and there may be many reasons you have to consider a new furnace. An old furnace could perform poorly, loosing heat and energy which will cost you money. If your old furnace is very noisy it could be an indicator that it is not performing properly. Often a furnace breaks, due to faulty equipment. Sometimes it makes more sense to replace the furnace completely because repairs can be so costly. Energy efficiency is a major factor to consider when you are shopping for a furnace. Not only will you waste money using an inefficient furniture it also a waste of energy which is bad for the environment. It is economical to invest in a new, energy efficient furnace.
You can lower your heating expenses and save money by purchasing a high efficiency furnace with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency of 94% or more..
Since there are so many furnace options finding the right furnace can be tough. Your furnace is a large investment and expense in your home and so it is important to investigate your options and make the right purchase. If you are shopping for a new furnace consider the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of the furnace. Of all the furnace types high efficiency furnaces have the best AFUE ratings - 94% or more. A conventional furnace has an AFUE of 60-65%. With a conventional furnace for every dollar spent on gas, 35-40% is wasted. Mid efficiency furnaces are in between high efficiency furnaces and conventional furnaces when it comes to performance. When compared to a conventional furnace a mid efficiency furnace performs significantly better, with an AFUE rating of 80% you will save 20-23% in gas heating costs. When compared to conventional furnaces high efficiency furnaces save about 30-38%. High efficiency furnaces are good for the environment because they cut down on wasted energy and also help you save in heating costs. High efficiency furnaces are a great way to reduce your heating costs.
There are three basic types of mid efficiency and high efficiency furnaces that you can choose from, modulating, single stage and two stage furnaces. Single stage furnaces will always run at full capacity, even if you only need your furnace to run at 50% capacity. Ultimately single stage furnaces are not as efficient as two stage furnaces because once you turn it on it will run at full capacity. Single stage furnaces aren't good options for people who want to maintain a temperature in their home. For people who plan on setting the temperature in their home at one setting and maintaining the temperature then a two stage furnace is a good option. As you might imagine from the name, a two stage furnace has two stages or settings. In its first stage, the two stage furnace runs at 65% capacity and only kicks into the second stage where it runs at full capacity when needed. A two stage furnace eliminates temperature jumps, making your home more comfortable and affordable to heat. To eliminate the feeling of being too hot or cold in your home produce a constant temperature in your home while also saving money and energy.
A modulating furnace is a type of mid - high efficiency furnace that is a good option for energy efficiency because it provides up to 65 stages of heat output. Modulating furnaces work using variable speed through an electronically commutated motor (ECM). By lasting longer and operating for a fraction of the cost of a standard furnace a modulating furnace is a good option to save money on your heating bill. There are a number of benefits to using an electronically commutated motor (ECM) variable speed blower furnace. With a variable speed blower furnace you can reduce energy consumption by up to 80%. In comparison to conventional furnaces the ECM variable speed blower furnace is 24 times quieter. An ECM variable speed blower furnace saves 16% on your central air conditioning energy use. Enhance humidity control in your home by using an ECM variable speed blower furnace.Improve temperature stability in your home as well as comfort by using an ECM blower motor as part of your modulating furnace. The ECM blower motor uses longer operating cycles because it modulates heat. Air satification can be reduced in your home when your furnace runs continuously. Jumps in temperature cost you more money because they cause your furnace to work harder, therefore it is better to maintain one constant temperature at all times in your home so that if you have a two stage or modulating furnace the furnace will never need to run at 100% in order to heat your home..
Conduct regular maintenance on your furnace in order to ensure it runs efficiently and has a long life span. It is never a good idea to wait until your furnace breaks, which will cost you more money to fix than regular maintenance would have cost. When your furnace malfunctions its life span can be compromised. Protect this important investment in your home by conducting regular maintenance on the furnace. Without heat from your furnace other issues can crop up in your home like warped floors or damaged pipes. Regular maintenance on your furnace will ensure that it is running smoothly and efficiently. Proper maintenance will ensure that your coils and filters are clean and that your burners, exhaust fans and pumps function smoothly. You can reduce your heating costs by ensuring that filters and coils are clean so that air passes through them easily. Regular furnace maintenance helps improve the air quality and flow in your home. To help your furnace perform up to its manufacturers efficiency specifications ensure that you conduct pre-season maintenance. A maintenance plan is a good option if you are purchasing a new furnace..
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