How to Choose a High Efficiency Furnace for Your Home

by Editor on October 25, 2013

Melting keys in the new casting furnace.

If you have an older furnace in your home, it is likely wasting energy and costing you a ton of extra money that you shouldn’t be paying for. It is likely time to invest in a new, high efficiency furnace for your home to help properly and evening warm your home without throwing energy and money out the door. Consider these tips to help you choose the right energy efficient furnace for your home.

First, you should decide what kind of fuel you want to use. Gas and oil furnaces are traditionally the fuel used in homes. The fuel you use is likely dictated by the area in which you live. Whether you use oil or gas will depend on what is normal to that neighborhood and therefore more easily accessible. However, you do have the right to choose if you wish to switch to a different type of fuel.

Once you know your fuel type, you should begin to look for furnace models based on their efficiency. An energy rating will tell you how much of the energy used is actually brought into your home directly to heat it and keep in warm. The higher the efficiency rating, the better your furnace will work, so if your old heater is only 20% efficient, it means out of all the energy used, only 20% actually makes it to your home in the form of heat, wasting 80% of the energy used! Instead, try to find a unit with a rating of around 80% or higher for the best results and savings. Look for Energy Star approved products that have met the high standards set for energy efficiency and high quality products. High efficiency and upper efficiency furnace models are ideal because they recover more heat from flue gas by condensing the water vapor. In addition they often use one or two heat exchangers and sometimes use outdoor air combustion. These features can save homeowners a bundle if the furnace is in the space being heated.

Next you will need to consider how big your furnace unit needs to be to appropriately heat your home during the cold winter months. You must find out what your home’s heating requirements are in order to choose the right sized unit. You can determine the unit size needed based on the insulation effectiveness of your home. You can do this yourself but it is best to hire a professional to do a home assessment. This is important since it will help you to get the furnace size just right. An oversized furnace will waste money turning on and off all the time while an undersized option likely will not heat your home properly, leaving you cold!

Choosing a new furnace with high efficiency for your home should not be a difficult process, however it is a necessary investment for your home. Not only will an appropriately sized and efficient model help keep your home comfortable and warm, but also it will help you to cut back on energy bill spending while reducing waste and your carbon footprint.

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