We are taking the following precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. All of our technicians have masks, glasses, latex gloves and shoe booties if they have to enter your home. Our technicians also have hand sanitizer and disinfectants that they use after every call.
If we are there to do maintenance and we don’t have to come inside your home to get to the equipment, we are asking homeowners to adjust the thermostat for us so we can do the system maintenance without entering the home. We will not be shaking hands and will keep our distance from customers.
The first step is understanding furnace efficiency. The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating reflects how well a gas (or oil) furnace converts fuel into heat. The higher the AFUE, the more fuel the furnace (or boiler) turns into heat for your home. The minimum allowable AFUE in a new gas furnace sold in the U.S. is currently 78 percent. High-efficiency, condensing furnaces run from AFUE 90-98 percent. Energy Star certified models start at AFUE 90 percent when sold in Southern states such as Arkansas. The most efficient models cost the most, although that additional investment will lead to lower fuel bills in the long term.
Know Your Needs
In order to calculate furnace efficiency, it’s important to consider climate, gas and electricity rates in your area, and how well your home retains heat. Installing the very most efficient furnaces is usually only cost-effective in areas where the furnace gets a lot of use – typically, Northern states with long, cold winters. In that situation, monthly savings add up more quickly, defraying the high cost of the high-efficiency condensing furnace.
Steps to Take
No matter what model furnace you choose, there are several ways to improve the overall efficiency of your home heating system.