7 Reasons to Get a High-Efficiency Furnace

October 28, 2021

There are a number of reasons why high-efficiency furnaces are worth the cost. High-efficiency furnaces cost more initially, but you will experience significant savings in utility 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 captures extra heating energy before the furnace will exhaust gases and this additional heat outside via PVC pipes.

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

1. Reduced Energy Bills

One of the main advantages high-efficiency furnaces offer is cheaper energy bills. The high-efficiency rating means these heating systems consume less fuel to heat your home, possibly saving thousands on energy costs in the long run.

Gas furnaces have a fuel utilization efficiency, AFUE, rating. This means annual fuel utilization efficiency. It measures how well your furnace uses natural gas for making heat. The greater the rating, 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 especially 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 at full blast constantly, the furnace can operate at a slower speed when needed and supply more usable heat at steadier temperatures. This also means it will consume less natural gas.

3. Reduced Noise

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

4. Better Indoor Air Quality

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

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 lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

6. Extra Rebates

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

These annual fuel utilization efficiency standards consist of:

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

Besides the extra rebates and the improved comfort your furnace delivers, you'll appreciate lower energy costs throughout its life span.

7. Compatible with Smart Thermostats

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

  • 42% didn't know how to use the thermostat.
  • 14% didn't know where to find the settings.
  • 25% know where the settings are located 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 the majority of smart thermostats are ENERGY STAR certified, utility companies frequently 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 spend less money on natural gas costs. If it also comes with rebates to offset the preliminary cost, why not take advantage and upgrade your old furnace? We're here to answer any questions you have about a new heating system, furnace efficiency and making sense of higher efficiency models. Contact us today at 916-243-6714 for a free estimate appointment for your new furnace. We've been providing furnace installation in Sacramento and surrounding locations since 2010, and we're pleased to be the company your neighbors and friends rely on.