Need to purchase a new furnace for your home or commercial facility? When searching for a new furnace, it is a good idea to begin by researching energy efficiency. Heating systems are categorized with an AFUE (annual fuel-utilization-efficiency) rating, which measures the percentage of fuel the system uses to produce warm air in your home or business. At Boer Brothers, we provide heating system installations with high efficiency ratings, resulting in cost savings and lower energy bills. Consumer Reports does a great job at explaining how AFUE ratings are calculated:
“Calculating a furnace’s energy costs requires considering both the gas it burns and the electricity it consumes to run its blowers and controls. How efficiently a furnace converts gas into heating energy is reflected in its annual fuel-utilization-efficiency (AFUE) rating, which is measured as a percentage. The higher that percentage, the more heat the furnace can wring from each therm of gas—and the lower the environmental impact of its emissions.”
Paying a little more for a higher AFUE furnace means that you will experience lower energy bills, but it may take a few years to realize the overall cost savings. Calculating the fuel bill savings with higher AFUE furnaces is described below:
“The price of a furnace generally rises in step with its fuel efficiency. A furnace with a 90 percent AFUE can cost about $1,000 more than a similarly sized unit with an 80 percent AFUE. However, that additional cost can generally be recouped in lower fuel bills over the lifetime of the furnace.”
Our qualified technicians, providing heating installations in Durham, North Carolina, will offer a variety of choices for a new furnace, taking into consideration your energy-efficiency and cost savings criteria. In addition to selecting a furnace that is energy efficient, here are some steps you can take to keep your home or business environment more energy efficient:
“Turn down the temperature a little. Keeping your home two degrees cooler will reduce emissions by about 6 percent and save you money.
Draw the curtains at night. A heavy curtain can block the chill from a cold window, so you won’t need to raise your thermostat to feel comfortable.”
Selecting the right furnace and heating system for your home or business can be easy with the help of the knowledgeable and certified technicians at Boer Brothers. We help homeowners with these decisions daily, and we can help you find the best furnace for your budget and comfort needs. Your property size and current energy bills will assist us in determining furnace choices that will work at your home or business. Highly trained technicians will assist you with a heating installation in Chapel Hill, Durham and surrounding areas. Call us at (919) 813-2556 for more information.