If rises in utility prices are making your monthly heating bills unaffordable, installing an energy efficient furnace may be the answer. Efficient furnaces distinguish themselves from non-efficient models by having a higher power to heat conversion ratio, the percentage of raw power that a furnace translates into heat that heats your home. For non-efficient furnaces, a power to heat conversion ratio of roughly 65 percent is common, whereas efficient furnaces achieve ratios in the 80 percent range, an increase that could reduce your heating bills by roughly 20 percent immediately.
Energy Efficient Furnace Installation in Tandem With other Efficiency Measures
Energy efficient furnace installation can slash your heating bills. But if you’re interested in achieving high annual savings on your heating bill, implementing these measures in addition to an efficient furnace could cut your heating bills by 50 percent or more.
1. Installing an Efficient Boiler
Boilers are similar to furnaces in terms of power to heat conversion ratio, converting roughly 60 percent of power into heat on average and as much as 90 percent at their most efficient. Many homeowners don’t think of boilers as part of central heating systems, but they are. At the very least, they give your home its hot water, an annual and not just a cold weather need.
2. Replacing or Re-insulating Old Doors and Windows
Replacing old doors and windows with newer, more efficient ones is one of the best improvements you can make to your property, as the condition of doors and windows is one of the first things homebuyers examine as they shop for a new home. In addition to improving your home’s value, new doors and windows can also reduce its utility expense, depending on their energy efficiency rating. The only problem is that implementing new doors and windows can be expensive. If you currently can’t afford new doors and windows, you can increase the efficiency of your old ones by re-insulating them.
3. Having Your Ductwork Properly Maintained
If you haven’t had your ductwork examined in recent years, it may have subtle leaks that make your furnace work harder then necessary to heat your home. A common problem in central heating systems as they age, leaky central heating ductwork allows warm air to escape into wall spaces and ceiling spaces instead of forcing it toward the areas where you need it. Repairing leaky ducts is an easy, inexpensive fix. But not repairing them can indeed be expensive.
4. Limiting the Use of Space Heaters
Due to their small size, many people think space heaters use less electricity than central furnaces. But in many cases, they actually end up using more, especially when several heaters are used to heat the majority of a home. If you’re using space heaters to heat your family’s home in hopes of cutting your heating bills, installing an energy efficient furnace is a better solution, and one that would be sustainable for decades to come.