7 Reasons to Buy a High-Efficiency Furnace

October 28, 2021

There are many reasons why high-efficiency furnaces are worth the money. High-efficiency furnaces cost more at first, but you will see significant savings in utility bills and an improvement in your home's comfort.

A high-efficiency gas furnace is often referred to as a condensing furnace. Unlike traditional furnaces, this heating system uses a second heat exchanger that captures additional heating energy before the furnace will exhaust gases and this additional heat outside via PVC pipes.

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

1. Lower Energy Bills

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

Gas furnaces have a fuel utilization efficiency, AFUE, rating. This stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. It measures how well your furnace consumes natural gas for generating heat. The greater the ranking, the more usable heat you'll receive and the more efficient it will be.

2. Better Comfort

A high-efficiency gas furnace is designed to provide comfortable heat during all types of weather and in very 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 all the time, the furnace can run at a slower speed when needed and supply more usable heat at more consistent temperatures. This also means it will use less natural gas.

3. Reduced Noise

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

4. Healthier Indoor Air Quality

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

5. Better for the Environment

High-efficiency furnaces are an eco-friendly solution for heating your home. They have a high energy efficiency rating that saves on natural gas fuel costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

6. Additional Rebates

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

These annual fuel utilization efficiency standards consist of:

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

Besides the extra rebates and the great comfort your furnace delivers, you'll appreciate reduced energy costs throughout its lifetime.

7. Works with Smart Thermostats

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

  • 42% didn't know how to program the thermostat.
  • 14% didn't know where the settings are located.
  • 25% know where the settings are 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 make energy savings for your higher efficiency gas furnace.

Because most 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).

Get Your Free Estimate Now for a High-Efficiency Furnace

A high-efficiency furnace will help you save money on natural gas costs. If it also comes with rebates to offset the initial cost, why not take advantage and upgrade your old furnace? We're here to respond to any questions you have about a new heating system, furnace efficiency and sorting through higher efficiency models. Contact us today at 614-871-4144 for a free estimate appointment for your new furnace. We've been offering furnace installation in Grove City and surrounding areas since 1983, and we're proud to be the company your neighbors and friends count on.