When it's time to replace your old, inefficient furnace there are a few important things to consider.
Choosing the right size furnace for your home is critial to ensurring your family's comfort and the efficient operation of your heating system. If the furnace is too small, it will run more often and use more energy to heat the same space that a larger furnace will.
The EnergyStar rating system is designed to help consumers make smart choices about how much energy a gas furnace will use during the heating season. While more efficient systems typically cost more initially, they will often pay for themselves in just a few years by using less energy to heat your home.
Todays furnace's are quieter than ever thanks to advanced engineering and features like two-stage fans, which allow the unit to distribute heat at lower fan speeds when less heat is needed.
Being without heat during a cold Chicago winter is a real hassle. By choosing a furnace with a good record of reliabilty you will reduce the odds of a furnace breakdown and ensure your investment will provide reliable heat for years to come.
Have questions about buying a new furnace? The experts at Air Specialties Air Conditioning and Heating can answer all your home heating questions.
With the increasing popularity of heat pumps in some areas of the U.S., many homeowners are asking if a heat pump is a good option for their Connecticut area home. Here is an overview of how heat pumps differ from traditional gas furnaces.
The main difference between a furnace and a heat pump is that a heat pump can be reversed to either heat or cool a home. A heat pump consists of two parts: an indoor unit called an air handler and an outdoor unit that is similar to a central air conditioner – called a heat pump. A compressor circulates refrigerant that absorbs and releases heat as it travels between the indoor and outdoor units.
Depending on the season a heat pump exchanges the cool air with warm air, or the other way around. Even air that's seems cold can have heat energy. When it's cold outside the heat pump extracts the heat and transfers into the home. When it’s hot outside, it reverses the flow to work like an air conditioner, removing heat from your home.
When considering a heat pump it's important to understand that, unlike a gas furnace which creates heat, a heat pump can only exchange heat, and will be unable to deliver a high level of warm air that is required to heat homes in the colder climate of Connecticut.
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The government's ENERGY STAR rating is designed to help consumers make smart choices when choosing an appliance for the home. ENERGYSTAR's rating of Most Efficient 2014, represents the leading edge in energy efficient gas furnaces this year.
Included in the list is Carrier's Infinity® 98 Series with Infinity® Control, which achieves AFUE of up to 97.4%. Using Greenspeed™ intelligence, which adjusts modulating gas valve output from 40% to 100% of capacity in one-percentage-point increments for precise comfort. Variable-speed ECM blower and inducer motors operate at quieter, lower speeds.
Depending on the size of the unit, the Infinity® 98 Series can save as much 23% over a standard gas furnace. This can add up to significant savings in the long run.
For the full list of most efficient gas furnaces for 2014, visit EnergyStar.gov
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