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Best Way To Increase The Comfort In Your Home
Depending on what is wrong with your furnace it might make more financial sense to purchase a new furnace rather than replace one.
With a wide variety of furnace options to choose from, shopping for a furnace can be a difficult job. It is critical that your furnace functions well because it is such a large part of your home and such a big investment. When you are shopping for a new furnace you should consider the furnace's Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). 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%. When it comes to conventional furnaces, of each dollar spent on gas 35-40% is wasted. When you are looking at the performance of each type of furnace the poorest performer is the conventional furnace, followed by the mid efficiency furnace and then the best is the high efficiency furnace. With an AFUE rating of 80% a mid efficiency furnace will save 20-23% in heating costs when compared to a conventional furnace. With a high efficiency furnace you can expect to save about 30 - 38% in your heating costs when compared to a conventional furnace. Contribute to the environment while saving money by switching to a high efficiency furnace. If you are purchasing a new furnace you definitely want to consider a high energy furnace for your home.
In addition to a modulating furnace, the other two common types of mid to high efficiency furnaces are single stage and two stage furnaces. Single stage furnaces run at full capacity whenever heat is needed. With a single stage furnace, even if your home only needs your furnace to run at 50 - 60% capacity it will run at full capacity, which is obviously not the most energy efficient option. Until you shut it off a single stage furnace will run at full capacity. For those of you who want to maintain a certain temperature in your home you will not find the single stage furnace ideal. When it comes to energy efficiency the two stage furnace is a better option. A two stage furnace operates by running at 65% capacity in the first stage and kicks into full capacity (stage two) only when needed. When heating your home a two stage furnace is more efficient. A two stage furnace makes your home more comfortable because it eliminates temperature jumps. You will conserve more energy by heating your home at a constant temperature.
With up to 65 stages of heat output a modulating furnace is a great energy efficient option. Modulating furnaces work using variable speed through an electronically commutated motor (ECM). You can save money on heating with a variable speed modulating furnace because it will operate for a fraction of the costs of a standard furnace, last longer and operate more quietly. There are a number of benefits to using an electronically commutated motor (ECM) variable speed blower furnace. Reduce energy consumption by up to 80% with a variable speed blower furnace. In comparison to conventional furnaces the ECM variable speed blower furnace is 24 times quieter. Save up to 16% on your central air conditioning by using a variable speed blower furnace. Another great benefit of an ECM variable speed blower furnace is that it will enhance the humidity control that you have over your home in summer and winter, reducing the side effects you may experience related to dryness.The ECM blower motor is an aspect of the modulating furnace that helps increase the comfort in your home by improving temperature stability. With longer operating cycles the ECM blower motor modulates heat. Air satification causes hot air to rise to the ceiling and cold air to drop to the ground. Air satification can be reduced in your home by running your furnace constantly. When you have jumps in temperature your furnace will work harder which is why a modulating or two stage furnace is a good option since they reduce the temperature jumps..
To help your furnace life a long life and run smoothly you should perform regular maintenance. Regular maintenance is usually more affordable than repairing a furnace, which is why you shouldn`t wait until your furnace breaks. As a key investment in your house it is worth protecting your furnace by having regular maintenance conducted. If your furnace breaks then your pipes can freeze and burst, causing you more problems. Regular furnace maintenance will decrease your energy use, reduce your heating bills and make your home more comfortable. Ensuring your filters and coils are clean is a part of regular furnace maintenance. Not only should your filters and coils be clean you also want to make sure that the exhaust fans, pumps and burners perform well.Many maintenance plans will provide additional warranty on your furnace parts. Pre-season is a when you should conduct your furnace maintenance. Conduct regular furnace maintenance to help your furnace perform to your expectations.
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