How Do You Know if Your Furnace is High Efficiency?

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High efficiency HVAC technology has been recognized as one of the most effective ways to reduce your energy consumption. Energy efficient HVAC units provide the following advantages:

• Lower utility bills
• Enhanced indoor climate control
• Reduced carbon footprint
• Efficient and noise-free operation
• A longer lifespan for your unit.

You may be trying to figure out if you need to upgrade to greener HVAC technology or if your furnace is already high efficiency. Here are some ways to identify a high efficiency furnace:

• The annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating is at least 80%
• The furnace unit is the right size for your home
• The unit is less than 15 years old
• Your utility bills are consistent and not rising
• The heating throughout your home is even.

4 More Ways to Save

Saving energy benefits the planet and your wallet. We know you want to save energy (and money), so here are some other tips to help you save:

Weather stripping: Weather stripping is the process of sealing windows and doors to eliminate gaps that will let unwanted weather conditions in. Weather stripping helps save energy by limiting drafts and keeping indoor air contained.

Installing a smart thermostat: Smart thermostats are upgraded technology to enhance energy efficiency. The ability to access them remotely means that you can control the temperature of your home even when you are not there. They work with green HVAC technology to reduce your energy consumption while keeping your home comfortable.

Unplugging appliances: Believe it or not, appliances consume energy even when you are not actively using them. Unplugging appliances will improve your energy efficiency and reduce your monthly utility bills.

Changing ceiling fan direction: Changing the ceiling fan direction is a highly effective but often overlooked tip for saving energy. Ceiling fans do not use a lot of energy yet make a big impact on home heating and cooling. Rotating the fan counter clockwise causes the air to blow onto your skin while rotating clockwise draws the air up instead to circulate it.

High Efficiency HVAC Technology

While thinking outside the box and implementing the above energy saving tips will help reduce your carbon footprint and reduce your utility bills, high efficiency HVAC technology is still the best way to reduce your home’s energy consumption.

If you are not sure if your furnace is high efficiency, you can work with a qualified professional at ClimateCare to find out and consider alternative options.