If you’re not using your energy efficiently, you could be needlessly burning your cash. Who would turn down the chance to reduce their monthly utility bills? By updating your furnace to a new, high-efficiency model you can greatly reduce your energy costs. Like many appliances, there are numerous options for models that require less energy, saving you money and reducing your impact on the environment.
Your air conditioner and heating devices are most likely the biggest energy consumers in your home, but they don’t have to be. With raising awareness about global warming and humanity's impact on the earth, there is growing demand for energy efficient appliances. So, not only are they easier to find, but they are often of better quality and available at affordable prices.
Although they are still more expensive than older, more conventional, models, the price has dropped dramatically in recent years. Paying a little extra for a high-efficiency model will begin paying for itself the moment you turn it on. The higher the efficiency of your heater, the lower your monthly energy bills will be.
The efficiency of a furnace is reflected in its annual fuel-utilization-efficiency (AFUE) rating. This rating is measured as a percentage and the higher the percentage number, the more heat the furnace can derive from each therm of gas. To get an idea of how far technology has come, a typical furnace in the 1970’s had an AFUE of about 65 percent. The lowest legally allowed now is 78 percent, and the newest, most efficient models can reach 97 percent—near perfect efficiency.
When calculating the cost of your new furnace, take into account the AFUE rating and calculate how much your yearly energy savings will be. Those savings, in addition to the peace of mind knowing that you are reducing your environmental impact will be sure to convince you that high-efficiency gas heaters are the right choice for you.
For more information about purchasing, installing, or repairing your furnace or air conditioning system, contact the experts at A Quality HVAC, servicing the Phoenix and Goodyear AZ areas.