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3 Common Questions about High-Efficiency Furnaces

We recommend high-efficiency furnaces to homeowners looking for long-term energy savings and better performance from their heating systems. But many people in our area have valid questions about the performance these systems, especially considering the higher initial cost. We’ve answered a few of them here, but you should always feel free to call our team with any additional questions you may have.

Will a high-efficiency furnace really save me money?

The fact of the matter is that any modern furnace installation will likely save money over a furnace installed a couple of decades ago. But it can only run efficiently if it is also professionally installed and maintained. Choosing a local handyman for the job is not enough if you want your new furnace to run smoothly and safely. A professional will follow industry standards and local codes to ensure that it is running as smoothly as possible for maximum energy savings. And remember, annual professional maintenance is the best way to lower the monthly cost of running your heater.

What is an AFUE rating?

A high AFUE rating indicates a more efficient system. This number, which is at least 78 but less than 100 with a newer furnace, is a percentage showing how much of the energy a furnace uses actually goes toward heating the home. A furnace with an AFUE of 90, for example, uses 90% of the energy it consumes to heat your home; the rest escapes through the flue or by other means.

How is a modulating furnace different than a standard furnace?

Some of the costliest furnaces are labeled as modulating furnaces, but these are also the most effective. Modulating furnaces control the gas output in order to reach more accurate temperatures. When combined with a variable-speed blower fan that automatically adjusts the fan speed to provide just the right amount of airflow to your home, a modulating furnace should always keep your home within one or two degrees of the thermostat’s settings

Looking for a new furnace in Bloomfield, NM? Don’t waste your time with the run-around. Give Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. a call and let us do it right the first time!

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