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What Are the Benefits of an ENERGY STAR®–Rated Electric Furnace?
There are many energy-efficient appliances on the market these days. But if your furnace is nearing the end of its life span, odds are you’ve probably never purchased an ENERGY STAR®–rated electric furnace. After all, furnaces can last decades, and the ENERGY STAR® label has only been around since 1992. So if you’ve never purchased an ENERGY STAR® furnace, you may be wondering whether it’s a worthwhile investment.
ENERGY STAR®–rated appliances operate at optimal efficiency, and electric furnaces are no exception. Entek not only carries these high-efficiency electric furnaces, we also offer them at affordable prices. From comfort to cost savings, ENERGY STAR®–rated electric furnaces have a variety of benefits. Since a furnace is something you don’t replace very often, don’t you want to invest in the right one when you do? Here are some of the advantages you’ll be able to enjoy when you upgrade to a high-efficiency furnace.
If you’re anything like us, then you probably want more bang for your buck. While an ENERGY STAR®–rated electric furnace may cost you more money upfront, it will pay dividends in the long run. With the rising costs of energy and natural gas, who wouldn’t want to save money on their energy bill? The average life span of most furnaces is 15 to 20 years. That means upgrading to an ENERGY STAR®–rated electric furnace can amount to quite the savings over time.
So how much money are we talking about here? The energy efficiency of a furnace is based on its AFUE, or annual fuel utilization efficiency, rating. Older models have AFUE ratings between 50 and 70 percent. That means as much as half the energy your furnace generates is escaping your home, and also your wallet. Newer electric furnaces, on the other hand, operate at 90–100 percent efficiency. Carrier models, for example, can have an AFUE of up to 98.5 percent.
This translates to lower energy bills, as well as increased cost savings. And with the average American household spending more than $2,000 a year on energy bills, those savings can really add up!
So, what does that mean for you in terms of actual dollars and cents? A good way to determine how much you could save is by using a cost savings calculator. Simply input information such as your home size, fuel type, and the AFUE of both your old furnace and new high-efficiency furnace to get a sense of roughly how much you’ll be saving. The calculator will display your estimated annual cost savings, as well as the amount of money you’ll save over a 5-, 10-, and 15-year period.
Added Home Value
Electric furnaces are incredibly durable and last for exceptionally long periods of time. This means that if you sell your home down the line, the buyer is likely to benefit from your energy upgrades, and so, in turn, will you.
With more and more homeowners focused on the benefits of going green, energy-efficient improvements to your home are likely to add to your home’s resale value. So even if you’re planning to relocate in the near future, you’re still likely to recoup the cost of your initial investment in your ENERGY STAR®–rated electric furnace.
Newer, more efficient electric furnace models are designed using improved technology and provide optimal comfort. For example, newer electric furnaces typically operate more quietly than their older counterparts. They also heat more evenly, providing a more consistent temperature throughout the home.
No one wants to sit in a cold, drafty room in the dead of winter. Fortunately, with an ENERGY STAR®–rated electric furnace, you won’t have to. Less noise and more uniformity in room temperature translates to enhanced comfort levels. It’ll also increase peace of mind for you and your family.
Improved Indoor Air Quality
While peace and quiet can improve your mental health, ENERGY STAR®–rated electric furnaces can improve your physical health as well. Your emotional and physical well-being may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of electric furnaces, but there are definitely health benefits when it comes to high-efficiency models.
That’s because there are pollutants, such as dust and pollen, present in virtually every home. High-efficiency HVAC filters improve indoor air quality by removing certain particles, such as those pollutants, from the air. This leads to reduced indoor air pollution and has been shown to result in minor improvements in cardiovascular and respiratory health. While these changes aren’t always noticeable, studies have shown reduced symptoms for people who suffer from certain health conditions, such as allergies and asthma.
These are just a few of the advantages of upgrading to an ENERGY STAR®–rated electric furnace. Since October is Energy Action Month, now is a good time to take action when it comes to improving the energy efficiency of your home. When winter hits, you’ll be glad you did.
But keep in mind that purchasing an ENERGY STAR®–rated electric furnace is only one way to make your home more energy efficient. There are several other improvements you can make to increase your home’s energy efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint. For example, 20–45 percent of heating inefficiency comes from leaky ducts. This can be remedied with duct sealing.
To find out which upgrades would be most beneficial for you, contact us to schedule a home performance test. We’ll make sure your heat isn’t escaping through your home’s ductwork so that you can fully benefit from any and all energy-efficiency upgrades you make.
At Entek, we believe in taking a holistic approach to your home’s energy efficiency. We’ll help you maximize your cost savings through our whole-house philosophy. Now is the perfect time to take action, so give us a call, and we promise you won’t regret it.