All About High-Efficiency Furnaces
If you continue to repair your oven on a regular basis, then you will be able to make more significant savings in the long run by just investing in a more efficient model.
According to the Department of Energy (DOE), heating costs drive homeowners’ energy costs up to about 30 percent. In cold climates and northern states, this percentage can be even higher! Here are some of the ways that a problematic or inefficient old furnace can cost you a lot of money and why you should abandon it for a different model:
The cost of an obsolete oven
In 1992, the US Department of Energy introduced a new rule for heating manufacturers: their furnaces could not be sold to the American public without being at least 78% efficient. If your current heater is older than that, it is probably very inefficient!
Of course, it would be ideal to have an oven installed in 2013 at the latest, with a minimum efficiency of 80%. Did you know that the models on the market today can be up to 98% effective? This means that almost all the energy it consumes is fed directly into your home in the form of heat!
Meanwhile, people keep their old forced air ovens, which can be less than 50% efficient. Also, furnaces with a permanent pilot light rather than transverse electric ignition are ineffective. You could count on burning logs for all your heat energy!
An inquiry is recommended. You can quickly look in the oven and find an installation date or at least not the model number and do the research on its age online. If you can not find a reliable manufacturing date, then consider it a sign to replace your furnace.
What makes a heater efficient?
Like all machines, furnaces require energy for there to be output. A sewing machine needs the power of turbulence with a pedal so that the needle works. Similarly, a heater involves fuel to distribute heat throughout your home.
The Annual Fuel Efficiency Rating (AFUE) measures the efficiency of the furnaces in an obvious way: it creates the ratio of the annual fuel consumption of the oven and the air outlet hot usable.