Think about a furnace – what do you envision? Most people think of the old image of a furnace – big and noisy – rather than the way most modern furnaces actually are – smaller and highly efficient.
It’s a fact that today’s new furnaces can save homeowners up to 50 percent more in operating costs over a furnace that is 10 or more years old. That’s because today’s furnaces boast much higher Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency ratings (AFUE). Many older furnaces – those built prior to 1990 – have AFUE ratings of 65 percent or less. Today’s furnaces? Minimum AFUE of 80 percent. Obviously a BIG improvement.
Types of Furnaces
If you’re in the market for a new furnace you have several options, including:
Steam or hot water furnaces
Steam or hot water furnaces supply steam or hot water through a radiator, heating coils, pipes and other means in order to heat a home.
Central or warm-air furnaces
Central or warm-air furnaces use oil, gas or electricity. These are typically housed in a central location (a basement, for example). They use ducts to distribute air throughout the home. Central or warm air furnaces usually rely on forced air or gravity to circulate air. In the latter case, cold air descends through ducts and into the furnace; the furnace heats the air and sends it through the home.
Benefits of Furnaces
- Furnaces with high AFUE ratings can lead to reduced utility bills
- They provide excellent indoor air comfort
- Many furnaces possess variable speed settings that regulate how quickly the air in a home reaches a desired temperature. Not kicking in “full force” reduces noise and reduces the amount of cold air that may sit below warm air.
Facts About Furnaces
- Highly energy efficient
- Very cost-effective
- Tend to have very long lifespans
AirNow has been installing and servicing furnaces of all shapes and sizes for the past 20 years. We are experienced in helping residents in Montgomery, Millbrook, Wetumpka and surrounding areas with their heating and air conditioning needs and are ready to help you, too. Contact us today to set up an appointment to meet with an AirNow technician. Whether you’re interested in a new furnace or just looking to have an older one repaired – we can help.
By Terry Barrett