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.
Ready For A Furnace Upgrade? Aim For An Energy-Efficient Model
If you’re in the market for a furnace upgrade, understanding what makes a furnace fuel efficient and what that means to you in terms of savings will help you choose the right furnace for your home.
The AFUE, or annual fuel utilization efficiency rating, is the standard measure of a furnace’s efficiency. The Department of Energy set the minimum AFUE rating at 78 percent in 1992, requiring that all systems convert at least 78 percent of fuel into heat. The AFUE rating is posted on every furnace, usually on the yellow EnergyGuide label. Most manufacturers tout their furnaces as high efficiency, but according to the DOE, high efficiency models are those that have an AFUE rating of 90 percent or more, while mid-efficiency are those rated between 80 to 83 percent. The highest AFUE rating is 98.2 percent.
Cost and savings
The higher the AFUE rating, the more expensive the furnace, but the cost of the furnace is generally recouped in energy savings. The factors that determine the amount of savings and how quickly payback is achieved include the price of the new system, the climate of northwest Arkansas, the cost of energy in your area, the efficiency difference between your old furnace and your new one, and whether your new system qualifies for a tax credit. Furnace dealers can calculate your savings for several different models to help you determine which system is most cost-effective for you.
Choosing the right model for your home
Considerations to keep in mind as you shop for a furnace upgrade include the size of your home, what kind of system will be compatible with existing ductwork and the cost of the system versus the savings you will realize. The size of the furnace is the most important factor in choosing an energy-efficient system. A qualified technician will help you determine the right size of furnace using energy-loss calculations based on the size of your home and various features, such as window area and insulation.