As we go through fall and approach winter, and you can tell it's getting colder outside; the weather is changing. We advise HVAC owners with old systems to upgrade units during the fall before winter gets here. We always advocate proactive behavior when it comes to owning and HVAC, because of how heavily they are relied upon to stay comfortable.
We feel that if we’re going to advocate for proactive HVAC owners, we’re obligated to keep consumers informed. That’s why this blog is dedicated to the latest and greatest in furnace technology.
When in the market for a new heating system it’s important to have a basic knowledge of how they are rated in terms of efficiency. Annual-fuel-utilization-efficiency (AFUE) is the standard rating system for furnaces by calculating how efficiently a furnace converts gas into heating energy. They are rated on a percentage, articulating exactly how much of the gas is used to create warmth in the home.
A furnace with a 98 AFUE rating, uses 98 percent of the gas it takes in to create heat. Thus, the higher the percentage the better, but a higher percentage can result in an increase in price. That’s why we always suggest consulting a heating expert to find the best heating system for you; one that is efficient and fits inside your budget.
The way a typical furnace works is that it uses a burner array and a single heat exchanger to create the heat and warm air to blow it through the ductwork. Wasted gas is exhausted through the ventilation system.
Condensing furnaces, on the other hand, use a second heat exchanger to increase efficiency in the burn cycle. The second heat exchange captures, and uses thermal energy that is lost after the initial burn phase. This ensures more heat energy is properly utilized to keep your home warm. Think of it as a safety net for lost energy.
To add on to the benefits of energy efficiency, condensing technology is safer and than single heating systems. Condensing furnaces have better combustion chambers that ensure carbon monoxide and other noxious gasses are filtered directly outside with little to no chance of internal leakage.
The great thing about a multi-stage burner is that it works at multiple levels, depending on what the homeowner needs. With the traditional furnace, it is either on or off, and can only work at maximum capacity. A multi-stage burner works at different levels to meet different needs, providing its owners with a more efficient method of heating during mild weather.
Being able to adjust the flame use on an incremental basis means you’ll never overwork a furnace, and increases efficiency to the heating process. Once you add a variable speed blower to the equation, you can become even more efficient.
Variable speed refers to the furnace’s indoor blower motor, which can operate at different speeds to control the flow of air throughout the home. That increases the quality of airflow in the home, which has a list of benefits:
Variable speed can save you money on the energy bill as they optimize the airflow in the home, allowing your HVAC to work easily.
You can customize comfort in different areas of your home, without compromising energy efficiency. In fact, you can become more energy efficient when utilizing zoned-heating.
Indoor Air Quality
Airflow is key to creating quality indoor air. Stagnant air allows mold to grow and air particles to build up; keeping the air moving in your home breaks up the pollution and eliminates excessive humidity.
Electrical Ignition Systems
Electronic ignition devices provide a better alternative than their older, arguably outdated, counterparts. They’re safe and more reliable than standing pilots because they use a controlled resistance heating element that ignites the pilot. This is just another way you can utilize the technology of the 21st century to increase your home comfort.
Be Efficient This Winter, With TemperaturePro
TemperaturePro is here to help you get through the winter weather, and we’ll make sure that you get the best furnace for your needs. We’ll walk you through the process making sure there are no questions about what you should purchase to keep you warm.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today!