High Efficiency Furnace
A high efficiency furnace is a type of heating system that is designed to use less energy than traditional furnaces, resulting in lower utility bills and a smaller carbon footprint. High efficiency furnaces typically have an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating of 90% or higher, meaning that they convert 90% or more of the fuel they consume into heat.
Here are some key features of high efficiency furnaces:
- Condensing Technology: High efficiency furnaces use a condensing technology that allows them to extract additional heat from the combustion gasses that are typically vented out of the home. This results in increased efficiency and reduced energy waste.
- Two-Stage or Modulating Burners: High efficiency furnaces typically use two-stage or modulating burners, which allow the furnace to adjust its output based on the heating needs of the home. This can help prevent energy waste and maintain consistent indoor temperatures.
- Variable Speed Blower: High efficiency furnaces often have variable speed blowers that can adjust the amount of air being circulated throughout the home based on heating demands. This can help maintain a comfortable temperature and reduce energy consumption.
- Sealed Combustion: High efficiency furnaces often have a sealed combustion system, which draws in outside air for combustion instead of using indoor air. This can improve indoor air quality and prevent the risk of backdrafting.
- Smart Thermostats: Many high efficiency furnaces are compatible with smart thermostats, which allow homeowners to control their heating system remotely and adjust the temperature based on their schedule and preferences. This can help further reduce energy consumption and save money on utility bills.
While high efficiency furnaces typically have a higher upfront cost than traditional furnaces, the long-term energy savings can make them a worthwhile investment. They also often come with extended warranties, ensuring that they will continue to operate efficiently for many years to come. PSE does offer rebates to those searching for high efficiency gas furnaces.
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