More reliable and energy efficient than ever before, today’s residential furnace options offer a lot in the way of energy savings for consumers. The energy efficient furnaces available today will obviously help with saving money monthly on utility bills, but that isn’t the only savings or benefits consumers will see when an old furnace is replaced with one manufactured today.
Homeowners who replace the old furnace with a new furnace built for today will also see a longer lifetime of use from the new furnace along with fewer repairs and unexpected breakdowns as long as the unit is maintained properly. Today’s furnaces are built for longevity, many lasting up to 20-25 years.
Although the furnaces available today vary in type, just about any kind you can purchase today will out-perform an older unit in terms of energy efficiency and longevity. Advancements in technology have been improving furnace systems for years to make more efficient heating equipment for our homes, but many homeowners still aren’t aware of just how much they can save altogether.
When comparing energy efficiency of a new furnace to an older furnace, there’s simply little comparison to make because the older furnace can’t stand up to today’s energy efficiency standards. Plus, all furnaces qualified as Energy Star compliant are highly efficient units that give off less greenhouse gas emissions than any of the standard furnaces on the market.
Energy efficient furnaces have an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating of 85% or better. This means they are 15% more efficient than standard furnace models manufactured today. Take that one step further and compare an energy efficient furnace with an old model, and you’re likely to see up to a 50% savings.
One of the best ways to get all the energy efficiency possible from a furnace is to keep it in great working condition. Regular maintenance is important for energy efficiency. A dirty system that gets ignored won’t last and can’t give the energy efficiency it is rated to give. Like all machines, the furnace has to be kept up or it will simply start breaking down.*
Energy efficiency in a furnace is important, which is why so many heating and air conditioning companies are advising customers to go ahead and replace their old furnaces. Recovering the upfront expense of replacing the furnace can happen within a very short time if the old furnace is consistently laboring to heat the home. A furnace that strains will drain energy and your pocketbook in order to run.
Our question to homeowners who have fears about the upfront costs of furnace replacement is this… -Why would you want to continue paying high utility bills and repair costs, all while living with a furnace that can’t heat your home well, and all while knowing sooner or later it will break down for good and you’ll wind up replacing it anyway?
Instead, that old furnace can be replaced with a highly efficient, energy saving furnace that will last for decades when taken care of. If you have a furnace that you’re considering replacing, give our technicians at Neighborhood Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning a call. We can assess your needs and get you hooked up with a great new furnace that’s sure to give you the most in energy efficient heating that lasts for years to come.