Forced air distribution based heating systems are still the most commonly used.
The furnace isn’t going anywhere any time soon, nor should it. Both gas and electric furnaces are more than capable of heating any home, when properly sized, and do it in a swift manner. Most U.S. homes are heated with either furnaces or boilers. Furnaces heat air and distribute the heated air through the house using ducts. Boilers heat water, and provide either hot water or steam for heating. Steam is distributed via pipes to steam radiators, and hot water can be distributed via baseboard radiators or radiant floor systems, or can also heat using water coils. Upgrading to a high efficiency furnace or boiler is a very effective way to save money on home heating bills. Schedule service with us to learn more.
Replacing Your Gas Furnace
Although older furnace systems had efficiencies in the range of 56% to 70%, modern conventional heating systems can achieve efficiencies as high as 98.5%, converting nearly all the fuel to useful heat for your home. Energy efficiency upgrades and a new high-efficiency heating system can often cut your fuel bills and your furnace’s pollution output in half. Upgrading your furnace from 56% to 90% efficiency in an average cold-climate house will not only save money but it saves 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year if you heat with gas, or 2.5 tons if you heat with oil.
If your furnace is old, worn out, inefficient, or significantly oversized, the simplest solution is to replace it with a modern high-efficiency model. Old inefficient gas furnaces are prime candidates for replacement, as well as gas furnaces with pilot lights rather than electronic ignitions.
Before buying a new furnace modifying your existing unit, first make every effort to improve the energy efficiency of your home, then have a heating contractor properly size your furnace. Energy-efficiency improvements will save money on a new furnace, because you can purchase a smaller unit that cost less to operate. A properly sized furnace will operate most efficiently, and you’ll want to choose a dependable unit and compare the warranties of each furnace you’re considering.
When shopping for high-efficiency furnaces, look for the ENERGY STAR® label. If you live in a cold climate, it usually makes sense to invest in the highest-efficiency system. Feel free to give the experts at Comfort Solutions a call to have your furnace serviced or evaluated for replacement with something more energy efficient.