Tips for Purchasing a High Efficiency Furnace for Your Home

Your home heating system ensures your living spaces are healthy and comfortable, regardless of the weather outside. A high-efficiency furnace will help you save money on your heating bills and improve the comfort of your home by delivering heat more efficiently and demanding less energy during this process. There are many options and features to consider when selecting a high-efficiency furnace for your Orem home; your heating and cooling expert can provide personalized advice to help you select exactly the right appliance for your heating needs.

Understand the Lingo

The language of energy efficiency may seem a little strange at first, but learning the lingo will help you determine just how efficiently any given model will perform. AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, which measures the amount of incoming fuel or energy that is converted into heat. Today, AFUE ratings range from 80% to 100%; higher AFUE percentages indicate greater energy efficiency. The United States Department of Energy considers furnace models with an AFUE of 90% or higher to be high-efficiency models, so if you’re considering a furnace specifically for energy efficiency, make sure to keep this value in mind.

Consider a Variable-Capacity System

Variable-capacity or variable-speed heating systems offer finer control over your furnace’s heating performance than ever before. Central heating systems utilize an air blower to push heated air produced by your furnace into your ducts for distribution through your home. A variable-speed system is designed to adapt the amount of heating produced to the temperature change you want to achieve—when your home is much colder than your thermostat set temperature, this system will operate at higher speeds to quickly heat your living spaces to your desired setting. However, once your home is much closer to your ideal temperature, the blower will switch to lower output to save energy and maintain the indoor temperature.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

Your heating system is only as efficient as the technology used to control it. One of the best ways to get the most from a new high-efficiency furnace is to upgrade your home’s thermostat at the same time. If your home doesn’t already use a digital programmable thermostat, this is a good first step to take when upgrading your temperature control system. A programmable thermostat will allow you to easily set the amount of heating you need, adjusting your furnace’s output depending on whether you are home or away. Heating your home less when you aren’t present will reduce the strain on your heating system and lower your energy bills even further for the very best energy savings you can achieve with your new furnace. If your home already has a programmable thermostat, it may be time to consider the advantages of a learning or smart thermostat. Smart thermostat technology takes programming one step further by “learning” your preferences over time and automatically creating programs that suit your heating needs. You can access a smart thermostat online via a smartphone, computer, or other mobile device to make adjustments even while you are away, which can further improve energy savings by accounting for changes in the weather or your schedule.

Are you ready to discover the benefits of heating your Orem home more efficiently? Our home HVAC experts will help you along every step of the way, from evaluating your heating needs to providing professional installation for a stress-free transition to your new heating system. You can find out more about our heating and cooling services and products when you visit us online, or stop by our blog to read up on the latest home comfort advancements.

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