Kick Your Furnace to the Curb
How happy are you with your furnace’s performance this winter? If it is a dinosaur that’s nearly extinct, maybe it’s time to think about kicking that old furnace to the curb.
Put an End to Frigid Feelings next Winter by Finding a New Furnace Now
We know the thought of buying a new furnace can be overwhelming. It is a big investment, but there is also a huge potential for savings, namely from huge energy bills and painfully cold extremities. So we’ve simplified your furnace search for you by solving your most common furnace queries.
Do I need a big furnace or a small one?
Having your furnace professionally sized is essential to efficient operation and a comfortable home. If it’s too small your furnace won’t be able to keep you comfortably warm when the mercury drops, and if it’s too large it will cycle on and off frequently, wasting energy and putting excess wear on system components.
Gas, oil, electric, or heat pump? What’s the difference?
Gas furnaces are the most commonly used furnace type due to their higher heating efficiency and the affordability of fuel. They are quieter and cleaner than oil furnaces and require minimal maintenance, however gas furnaces provide less heat per BTU than oil. (What’s a BTU, you ask? a basic measure of thermal (heat) energy, specifically the amount of energy needed to heat one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit, measured at its heaviest point.)
Oil furnaces are common in older homes in the northeast region and are another option if natural gas if not available. They provide more heat per BTU than gas and electric heat sources, but a storage tank is required and oil must be delivered. They cost less than gas furnaces, but efficiency is lower and fuel prices higher. There is also a bit more regular maintenance, such as chimney cleaning and oil filter changes due to dirt and soot buildup.
A good alternative if natural gas is not available, electric furnaces have no need for a flue, which reduces heat loss. They typically have an AFUE rating of 95-100 percent. However, electricity tends to be more expensive than furnaces that use fossil fuels. If you prefer to rely on electricity for your fuel source, a heat pump may be a better alternative.
Heat Pump Heating Systems
Traditional heat pumps systems are inexpensive to install and a good choice for moderate climates, such as the south and southwest, where winters are short and mild. They transfer heat from outdoor air indoors, and vice versa in the summer for cooling. For colder climates, geothermal heat pumps may be an option. However, they are much more expensive to install.
Is a higher AFUE rating worth it?
AFUE ratings measure how efficiently a furnace operates. Higher numbers mean greater efficiency. Higher AFUE ratings are essential in cold regions such as the northeast and midwest, where winter temperatures plummet. If you’re in a moderate or tropical climate, however, the role they play in monthly energy savings will not be as significant. Wondering what the AFUE on your old furnace is? 1970s gas models have a rating of around 65 percent efficiency. Today’s most efficient models can reach as high as 97 percent, near total efficiency! In dollars, that means a savings of $40 for every $100 you spend on fuel. That’s some bargain, especially if you add up monthly savings over the life of the furnace in reduced energy costs and a reduction in those frostbitten toes!
Have any coupons?
Well actually, manufacturer rebates may be available depending on your area. Your local Aire Serv®professional will have information on current promotions, as well as federal, state, and local tax incentives for your area. Your utility company may offer “green” rebates and incentives too.
Ready to kick your furnace to the curb? We’ll help you score the perfect new replacement. Count on Aire Serv, Your Comfort Company.