If you’re like many other homeowners, the thought of making the initial investment in a high efficiency furnace may give you the shivers. When your current unit starts giving you trouble, however, it’s important that you know whether repairing or replacing your furnace is the more economical decision.
Here are some tips on when making the switch to a high efficiency furnace is the more financially sensible choice:
- Age – The typical lifespan of a furnace can range between 15 and 20 years. If your unit is approaching or has reached its retirement age, a total system upgrade is in order. The older your furnace, the more likely you’ll need to shell out money for pricey repairs. Additionally, replacement parts for older units may be discontinued, adding to the cost.
- Efficiency Rating – Regardless of your equipment’s age, if its Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating is low, it’s smart to purchase a high-efficiency furnace. AFUE measures how well gas-fired furnaces convert fuel into heat for your home. A furnace with an AFUE of 90 percent, for example, can be expected to turn nine-tenths of its fuel energy into usable heat, whereas the rest is lost up your chimney or elsewhere. If your furnace’s AFUE is in the 70-80 percent AFUE range, typical of older furnaces, a new high-efficiency model can begin delivering energy savings with your next gas bill.
- Efficiency Features – New high-efficiency condensing furnaces boast a number of technological advancements that help to boost your home comfort while lowering your energy usage. Select furnaces that utilize variable-speed blowers or two-stage gas valves in order to reduce energy consumption.
To speak with a professional about selecting the high-efficiency furnace that’s right for your home, please contact us at Paschal Heat, Air, and Geothermal. We’re proud to serve residents of northwest Arkansas.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Northwest Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about high-efficiency furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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