Let’s get real: purchasing and installing a new furnace is never a small job. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling your home accounts for 56% of your total energy expenses. The good news is that a new furnace offers you the chance to save serious money in your heating costs by opting for a high-efficiency model. Minnick’s is committed to helping our customers lower energy bills with a whole-home approach, and we’re proud to offer high-efficiency furnaces as part of our energy solutions services.
What Makes a Furnace High-Efficiency?
A high-efficiency furnace is a heating system that converts the vast majority of its fuel source to energy, with very little lost or wasted. In most cases, the best way to determine efficiency is to look at the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). Most furnaces should meet a minimum standard of 78 percent AFUE, but high-efficiency furnaces have a rating of at least 90 percent.
Furnaces lose heat and thus efficiency in two primary ways – through heated gases and water vapor vented through the furnace flue. A high-efficiency furnace stops this by removing heat from the water vapor and using it to heat the home. High-efficiency furnaces also improve their efficiency through technology like electronic ignition and sealed combustion.
Make Up Your Investment in Utility Savings
Although you can expect to pay more initially for a high-efficiency furnace, the savings on your utility bills will allow you to recoup the initial cost within an estimated three years. Over a typical winter, a high-efficiency furnace will reduce the cost of heating as much as 10 to 20 percent. High-efficiency furnaces also help keep the home at a more comfortable temperature overall.
One caveat to note is that a high-efficiency furnace can only reach its stated efficiency if it is working with a properly sized duct/distribution system. Our Comfort Advisors will evaluation your entire system to help you determine if a high-efficiency furnace is the right choice for your home.
Contact Minnick’s today at (301) 605-9112 and we’ll show you how to keep your home more comfortable and energy-efficient.