Posted on January 27, 2015
It’s difficult to know if your furnace should be replaced. There usually aren’t a lot of external signs; however there are some basic considerations to help you make an informed decision.
- Based on industry averages, a 20-year-old furnace could be nearing the end of its life expectancy and investing in a new heating system may be a better option than dealing with costly repairs on an aging unit.
Efficiency and Savings
- Furnaces have become more efficient as a result of new technology. Newer heating oil furnaces have efficiencies above 80%, and propane furnaces can have efficiency ratings as high as 94%.
- It is important for your furnace to be properly sized for your home to run at peak efficiency during the winter, especially if you have recently taken steps to make your home more energy efficient. An oversized furnace can be less efficient than a properly sized one, potentially costing more money to heat your home.
- No matter how old your furnace is, we suggest an annual cleaning and inspection to make sure your furnace is working properly and to help identify issues. A proactive decision puts you in charge of the timeline, and can help avoid an unexpected break down in the middle of winter.
If you have any questions about when to replace your heating equipment, be sure to contact an Irving Energy heating expert, or call us at 1.888.310.1924 – we’re here to help.
Posted on March 21, 2012
You’ve decided to purchase a new furnace or heating system, but what things should you look for in your new furnace? As a homeowner, here are the big things to consider:
The efficiency of your new furnace is a very important consideration because the higher the efficiency, the less fuel will be required to heat your home. Efficiency is measured by the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency), which measures the furnace’s overall energy performance. The higher the AFUE, or efficiency, the more heat you’ll get for every dollar you spend.
The increased energy savings from a high efficiency furnace over a low efficiency furnace will usually allow you to recover the cost of the new furnace in as little as 6 years. And, a high-efficiency furnace runs quieter and makes your house more comfortable since it can maintain a more constant household temperature. Look for models with an Energy Star® label; this means the furnace has an efficiency rating of 90% or higher for propane and 85% or higher for heating oil.
An important consideration is whether the furnace is the right size for your home. Your new furnace should be big enough, but not overly large. A furnace that is too large will not heat your home better, and it may be less efficient and wear out more quickly than a properly-sized furnace. Your local heating professional will be able to advise you on what is best for your area and for your home.
Installation and Ductwork
There are many factors to consider with the proper installation of a furnace. You should make sure to do your homework and be sure to hire a qualified and reputable heating professional. One thing that people often overlook is that the rest of the system needs to work well with the furnace you select. For example, you need to ensure that the ductwork throughout your house has to be the proper fit for your furnace. If it is not, then the furnace won’t heat your home efficiently.
If you have any questions regarding a new furnace, then be sure to contact an Irving heating expert online, or call us at 1.888.310.1924 – we’re here to help.
Posted on January 11, 2012
Using a propane space heater can help lower you heating bills by allowing you to turn down your thermostat and only heat a specific area of your home. They heat almost any size space and are excellent options for heating bonus rooms, in-law suites, basements and carriage houses.
Propane space heaters are quiet, clean and economical. Here are some other benefits to consider:
- Significant energy savings
- Up to 83% AFUE efficiency
- Comfortable, consistent heating, with no large fluctuations in room temperature
- Sealed combustion minimizes indoor heat loss and ensures safety
- Zero clearance from intake air
- Dependable, low-maintenance performance
- Simple, flexible installation with minimal space requirements
- “Cool-to-the-touch” cabinet
Save $150* off a Rinnai Propane Space Heater – Contact Us Online or call us at 1.888.310.1924 to learn more.
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