Homeowners utilize about 60% of their average energy consumption in heating their home. It is why you need to be picky when it comes to picking your homes cooling and heating system.
A lot of residents utilize a central furnace system that makes use of gas to fuel their forced-air system. The furnace warms up the air by utilizing a fan in blowing the warm air as it passes the ductwork and is then distributed all over your home. Newer forced-air furnaces offer high Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) that significantly lowers your energy bills.
HIGHLY EFFICIENT NATURAL GAS FURNACE
A highly efficient natural gas furnace is the only one that is qualified to earn an Energy Star Label. A product that boasts of an Energy Star Label indicates that such an item earns the qualification as the most energy efficient item in its category. The AFUE rating measures how efficiently your heating system burns fuel. The greater the AFUE, the more heat you get from a unit of fuel.
You can get all the essential information from Energy Star Canada.
FUEL EFFICIENT FURNACE FEATURES
A fuel efficient furnace has an AFUE rating in the 90% to 97% range.
Utilizes 90% to 97% of the total heat generated in your home with only a miniscule 3% lost out the chimney. A much older furnace aged 15 to 20 years allows around 40% to 45% of the heat to go out of your chimney.
Saves around 24% of the money you spend on energy bills in comparison to a mid-efficiency furnace that is fueled by natural gas.
Requires a floor drain to remove the excess water that is the by-product of the entire heating process.
Requires a chimney to release combustion by-products.
It is otherwise known as a condensing furnace since it allows water vapor to condense and extract more heat as the outcome of the use of combustion products fueled by natural gas.
Environmentally friendly since it emits less carbon dioxide.
BENEFITS OF A FORCED-AIR FURNACE
Warms up your home fast.
Filters air inside your home like a humidifier.
Provides ventilation and central cooling.
Efficient throughout the year in circulating air in each room, as well as regulate the balance of heat distribution during cool days.
DOWNSIDES OF A FORCED-AIR FURNACE
It provides varied air temperature.
Although the circulated air is warmer than the temperature in the house, it feels cooler.
Generates short bursts of warm air.
The fan can be loud.
* It moves around dust and odors inside your home.
With the heating system accounting for 60 cents of your monthly energy costs, it is prudent to ensure that you select a heating system that best fits your home. Look for a forced air furnace with an AFUE of 90% to 97%. Hence, only 3% up to a maximum of 10% of heat is lost. You can save approximately 24% on your energy bill.
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