Energy Efficient Furnaces
The growing popularity of energy efficient furnaces is because as much as 44% of the utility bill of Cleveland homeowners is the price of heating and cooling their home. But then, you are still left with the dilemma on how to identify the ideal furnace for your house.
SIZE IS IMPORTANT
Most furnaces in Cleveland homes are very big for the span of the homes they need to provide heat for. An energy-efficient furnace is probably 30% up to 40% larger than usual home heating requirements.
WHAT IS ENERGY-EFFICIENT?
Highly energy efficient furnaces need to secure a 95% Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. The AFUE rating is defined as the rate of fuel that becomes converted into heat. Furnaces are thought to be energy-efficient if it has a higher AFUE rating. Choose a furnace that is labeled as an ENERGY STAR. Furnaces are only awarded an ENERGY STAR label if it has a 95% AFUE rating.
PICK A DUAL-STAGE OR A MULTI-STAGE BURNER SINCE THEY ARE THE BEST
Energy efficient furnaces are either dual-stage or multi-stage burners that burn fuel at different rates. In short, the furnace utilizes the more efficient low-fire mode when it provides heat within your home on a daily basis. Meanwhile, it will shift to high-fire mode accordingly when the weather is extremely cool, and everyone inside the house requires more warmth. Dual-stages or multi-stages furnaces are around 5% up to 8% energy-efficient than a furnace with a one-stage burner. This is the case since it must run all the time utilizing its maximum power.
OBTAIN A DC OR ECM FAN MOTOR
Many times, Cleveland homeowners neglect the fan motors when purchasing a new furnace. However, that’s not right. For example, using an inefficient AC motor in charging the fan of your heater is like utilizing an 800-watt light bulb while simultaneously running your furnace. On the other hand, utilizing a more efficient DC (Direct Current) or an ECM (Electronically Commutated Motor, or a brushless DC motor) motor is like utilizing a 200-watt light bulb. The difference between the two is obvious to everyone, as well as the difference in the amount of energy utilized.
THE THERMOSTAT’S ROLE
Programmable thermostats are the perfect complement to increase your furnace’s energy-efficiency. It can process temperature setbacks at night, or when no one is in the house. Besides, there is no point in providing warmth to a vacant home.