With the winter season not far away, it's a great time to take advantage of some great prices on higher efficiency furnaces! Manufacturers are continuing to make great strides in improving overall furnace operation and convenience. It's now getting easier and easier for homeowners to purchase high efficiency furnaces with better prices and more flexibility on installation options. In other words, if you want to upgrade that old inefficient gas furnace with a brand new 90+ percent high efficiency gas furnace, it can now be done with little to no modifications to your existing gas lines and location!
First off, the best model furnaces to go with, efficiency wise, are the Energy Star qualified furnaces. The efficiency of new furnaces is measured by the annual fuel utilization efficiency(AFUE), which is a measure of seasonal performance. Furnaces today are rated between 80% AFUE and 98% AFUE. Above 90% AFUE, a unit is considered to be "condensing", which means it recaptures some of the heat that would be wasted in traditional systems by condensing the escaping water vapor. 80-89% AFUE furnaces are still good furnaces, they are much better and more efficient than older style furnaces and are more affordable up front than the 90-98% high efficiency furnaces. However, the 80-89% furnaces do not qualify for Energy Star programs. The 90%-98% high efficiency furnaces are more expensive, but they do qualify for rebate programs which can earn you some nice cash in return. Not to mention, your gas/utility bill(s) will take a noticeable dip in usage. Great financing is currently available at really low rates! Which in turn can make the 90-98% Energy Star rated furnaces much more affordable. Just give us a call or your trusted heating and air company in your area a call and take advantage of the great costs and efficiencies before the actual cold season gets here. You will be amazed at the results you see in the form of energy savings!