The twelve days of Christmas are here, but you might be putting off the daunting task of Christmas shopping until the last minute. If you want to give the ultimate gift to both yourself and your family this Christmas, consider upgrading your heating system. The gift of warmth is one task that can be a lot easier to accomplish than you think. The latest in heating advancements have made it easier to keep your family warm even when the temperatures significantly drop outside.
Did you know that your heating can account for up to 70% of your total home energy consumption even with a properly working HVAC unit? The thermal efficiency of furnaces is measured in AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) which measures the percentage of energy used for thermal heating and the percentage of energy lost due to inefficiency.
Most single stage mid-efficiency and older high-efficiency furnaces have a 60-90% AFUE. The new high-efficiency two stage furnaces operate on 95% AFUE, meaning that 95% of your energy used for heating is converted into thermal energy for your house. The older furnaces use an alternating current motor which can be extremely inefficient, resulting in up to 40% energy lost. If your utility bills are going up and you are still feeling chilly in your home, it may be time to upgrade to a two-stage high-efficiency gas furnace. This upgrade will make sure that 95 cents of every dollar spent on gas will really go toward heating your house.
High-efficiency gas furnaces are multi-speed and run on low power when unneeded. However, power is automatically increased when the outside temperature drops. This power will continue to increase to its highest capacity in order to keep your home cozy and comfortable all winter.