7 Reasons to Buy a High-Efficiency Furnace

October 28, 2021

There are many reasons why high-efficiency furnaces are worth the money. High-efficiency furnaces cost more at first, but you will see major savings in energy bills and an increase in your home's comfort.

A high-efficiency gas furnace is often called a condensing furnace. Unlike traditional furnaces, this heating system uses a second heat exchanger that catches additional heating energy before the furnace will exhaust gases and this additional heat outside via PVC pipes.

If you're not convinced yet, here are seven reasons to replace your old furnace with a high-efficiency furnace!

1. Lower Energy Bills

One of the top benefits high-efficiency furnaces provide is cheaper energy bills. The high-efficiency rating means these heating systems consume less fuel to heat your home, potentially saving thousands on utility costs in the long run.

Gas furnaces have a fuel utilization efficiency, AFUE, rating. This means annual fuel utilization efficiency. It calculates how well your furnace utilizes natural gas for generating heat. The greater the ranking, the more usable heat you'll get and the more efficient it will be.

2. Better Comfort

A high-efficiency gas furnace is created to deliver comfortable heat during all types of weather and in very cold climates. The most efficient gas furnaces often will have two heat exchangers, a sealed combustion chamber and a variable-speed blower. Instead of starting on high constantly, the furnace can operate at a lower speed when needed and deliver more usable heat at steadier temperatures. This also means it will consume less natural gas.

3. Reduced Noise

A high-efficiency gas furnace is usually much quieter than standard furnaces because it doesn't have to run as hard or burn as hot to heat your home. This is particularly helpful for those who need a quiet setting for sleeping or studying. If you're worried about quiet operation, a two-stage furnace makes less noise because it can operate at a lower speed.

4. Healthier Indoor Air Quality

High-efficiency gas furnaces are made with high levels of air filtration to capture pollutants before they can pollute your air, which is especially helpful for those who live in places that have a lot of dust and other impurities.

5. Better for the Environment

High-efficiency furnaces are an green solution for heating your home. They have a higher energy efficiency rating that saves on natural gas fuel expenses while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

6. Additional Rebates

Buying a high-efficiency furnace may make you eligible for additional rebates, especially if you purchase one that's ENERGY STAR® qualified. A gas furnace that's earned this certification must reach high standards for natural gas-to-heat use.

These annual fuel utilization efficiency standards include:

  • 95% AFUE or better for northern climates
  • 90% AFUE or better for southern climates

Besides the extra rebates and the great comfort your furnace delivers, you'll enjoy reduced energy costs throughout its lifetime.

7. Works with Smart Thermostats

Most homeowners have a programmable thermostat for their gas furnace, but have no idea how to use it. A 192-person study published by the Energy Research and Social Science journal found:

  • 42% didn't know how to use the thermostat.
  • 14% didn't know where the settings are located.
  • 25% know where the settings are but didn't know how to adjust them.

With a smart thermostat, you won't have to be guessing about keeping your home at an energy-efficient temp. Your thermostat will find out your temperature preferences and create energy savings for your higher efficiency gas furnace.

Since many smart thermostats are ENERGY STAR qualified, utility companies often offer big rebates. Here's how you can get a smart thermostat for free (or close to it).

Request Your Free Estimate Now for a High-Efficiency Furnace

A high-efficiency furnace will help you save money on natural gas costs. If it also includes rebates to offset the initial cost, why not make the most of it and upgrade your old furnace? We're here to address any questions you have about a new heating system, furnace efficiency and sorting through higher efficiency models. Contact us today at 732-806-5536 for a free estimate appointment for your new furnace. We've been offering furnace installation in Neptune City and surrounding areas since 1948, and we're proud to be the company your neighbors and friends count on.