The new year is here, and many people have their resolutions in place. As you strive to improve your health, career or finances, consider setting some goals for your home too.
Here’s one New Year’s resolution that can boost the comfort of your home, as well as cut your energy bill and maybe even contribute to a healthier home environment: a high-efficiency furnace installation.
Benefits of a High-Efficiency Furnace Installation
Energy savings is one of the biggest perks of a furnace update. Most older furnaces have Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiencies of between 56 and 70 percent, according to Energy.gov. AFUE refers to the amount of heat the furnace can produce compared to the amount of fuel utilized. If you have an older furnace, you may be losing between 30 and 44 percent of the heat created.
When you upgrade to a high-efficiency furnace with AFUEs of up to 95 percent, you’re able to enjoy much more of the heat you pay for. Plus, you’ll be minimizing your impact on the environment.
The next benefit is the cost savings. Since the furnace requires less fuel to generate the same amount of heat, you’ll save every month on your energy bills.
Finally, upgrading your furnace has health benefits. As your furnace ages, the vents and piping associated with it become filled with dirt, dust and debris. This pollutes your home and serves to further decrease the efficiency of the furnace. By upgrading to a newer model, you can improve your home health – something that will benefit everyone in the home, but in particular family members with allergies or asthma.
What to Consider When Upgrading to a High-Efficiency Furnace
Before you commit to a new furnace, it’s important to take a few things into consideration. First is the efficiency of your home as a whole. Your furnace could be operating at 95 percent efficiency, but if your heat is seeping out through poorly insulated walls or aging doorways and windows, you may not notice the benefits.
Additionally, review high-efficiency furnace costs. While a new model will save you money in the long run, the unit will require an upfront cost.
Finally, high-efficiency furnace venting is different than the venting systems for older models. According to The Spruce, your new furnace will likely require plastic venting. Most older systems have metal venting. It’s important to work with a team of experts who can help you determine your needs.
For each of these considerations, SMO Energy has a solution. If you’re unsure how efficient your home currently is, call us for a free in-home energy consultation. If you’re concerned about the upfront cost, ask about our 0 percent financing options. Finally, with our team of experts who truly care about the quality of their work, you can rest assured that your high-efficiency furnace installation will be done correctly.