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Need a New Furnace? Choose Smart!

Eugene Adams Inc. Newsletter Winter 2003/04

The lowest cost is not always the best when choosing a new heating system; because heating accounts for close to two-thirds of your annual energy bill. For smart comparison shopping, check the back of manufacturers' brochures for EnerGuide ratings on the furnace models you are considering.

 

The EnerGuide rating reports the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) ratings which identifies how efficiently they use fuel. Generally, the higher the AFUE rating, the less fuel a furnace will require to heat your home. Units with higher efficiency ratings are usually more expensive to purchase than those with lower ratings. However, units with higher AFIE ratings cost less to run and can actually save you money  in the long run. In 1992, the government established a minimum AFUE rating of 78% for furnaces installed in new homes. In contrast, many furnaces manufactured prior to 1992 had efficiency ratings as low as 60%.

 

The efficiency rating is just one factor to consider when looking at new furnaces. furnaces use electricity to run fans and motors. The amount of electricity used varies greatly, depending on the type of furnace. Be sure to check electricity usage before making a purchase decision.

 

Other important factor to consider include:

  • How long you plan to live in your house
  • Special comfort needs
  • Fuel cost and availability
  • Geographic area and climate

All these factors, plus your lifestyle and family needs, add up to show you which system is best for you. Heating systems designed for maximum efficiency save you money, year after year; these savings accumulate over time, and will continue to grow as fuel prices rise.