FURNACE AND AIR CONDITIONER
Did you know?
Heating and air cooling systems are the biggest energy expense in most homes, accounting for 40%-50% of total energy expenses. It's important to understand that just because you buy a new furnace, doesn't mean it's high efficiency; just like you can buy a new car that gets you lower gas mileage doesn't make it a hybrid. The cost of the fuel it takes to run the furnace during its lifespan is huge compared to the cost of the furnace itself. It is well worth it to install the highest efficiency furnace you can get. It costs a bit more, but it will pay for itself many times over.
YOUR COMFORT WILL ALWAYS WE TIED TO THE DUCT OR "DELIVERY SYSTEM" OF YOUR HOME!
It doesn't matter how efficient your furnace or air conditioner is if the air is not getting where it needs to do. Therefore, duct sealing and/or insulation play a major part in your comfort. The following picture illustrates one way we can greatly improve a home's comfort level and prolong the life of the HVAC system. Essentially, the HVAC unit you see is in an attic
. It is an old home and the attic was unvented. In other words, it was incredibly hot there in the summer and cold in the winter. By "encapsulating" the attic with spray foam, we were able to make the area an extension to the regular living space. After the install, the HVAC unit doesn't have to work as hard to heat and cool the home.
What Does "Efficiency Rating" Mean?
A furnace boiler or water heater burns fuel to generate heat and needs to put that heat into an air stream in your ducts, or into water in your pipes. The efficiency rating is what percentage of that heat gets into your air or water. What happens to the rest of the heat? It goes up the chimney and is lost into the sky. Therefore, a 15-year-old furnace that is 65% efficient is putting 35% of the heat you paid for up the chimney. A 96% efficient furnace only "wastes" 4%! A big difference! And since the cost of the fuel you put through a furnace, boiler or water heater during its lifetime is much greater than the cost of the unit itself, it's worth it to install the very highest efficiency equipment available!