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Is Your Home’s Gas Furnace Efficient?

House with Energy-Efficient FurnaceHigh home heating bills – they’re an unfortunate but common reality for Minneapolis residents each winter.

With a rise in natural gas costs playing the role of the villain, an inefficient gas furnace is a worthy collaborator, costing some homeowners as much as 40% in additional heating costs. With older furnaces, heat can be wasted through the exhaust.  This makes the furnace itself warm, but leaves it unable to produce usable heat.

But just how do you know if it’s time to replace your current unit with a new, more energy-efficient gas furnace?

The efficiency of a gas furnace is measured by Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). Essentially, it measures the amount of heat delivered to your home in comparison to the amount of fuel that must be supplied to the furnace.  If your gas furnace is more than 15 years old, your furnace’s AFUE may be 60-70%, meaning as much as 30-40% of every dollar you spend on fuel could be wasted.

Newer, more efficient gas furnaces can have an AFUE of as much as 95% or more. That means the gas furnace can convert as much as 95% of the fuel you’re paying for into usable heat for your home. Energy-efficient models, including Trane 95 gas furnaces, have even been show to deliver up to 96.7% efficiency.

Throughout 2010, federal tax credits of up to $1,500 are available for new energy-efficient equipment installed in existing homes, including natural gas furnaces. To take advantage, pay special attention to the SEER and AFUE rating required to qualify for the credit.

Of course, only a home heating expert can give you a definitive answer regarding whether it’s time to replace your current gas furnace, for either efficiency or safety reasons.

To receive the latest home heating tips and information in Minneapolis, MN, subscribe to Welter My Shelter Air Tips via email or RSS feed, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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Is Your Home’s Gas Furnace Efficient?

House with Energy-Efficient FurnaceHigh home heating bills – they’re an unfortunate but common reality for Minneapolis residents each winter.

With a rise in natural gas costs playing the role of the villain, an inefficient gas furnace is a worthy collaborator, costing some homeowners as much as 40% in additional heating costs. With older furnaces, heat can be wasted through the exhaust.  This makes the furnace itself warm, but leaves it unable to produce usable heat.

But just how do you know if it’s time to replace your current unit with a new, more energy-efficient gas furnace?

The efficiency of a gas furnace is measured by Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). Essentially, it measures the amount of heat delivered to your home in comparison to the amount of fuel that must be supplied to the furnace.  If your gas furnace is more than 15 years old, your furnace’s AFUE may be 60-70%, meaning as much as 30-40% of every dollar you spend on fuel could be wasted.

Newer, more efficient gas furnaces can have an AFUE of as much as 95% or more. That means the gas furnace can convert as much as 95% of the fuel you’re paying for into usable heat for your home. Energy-efficient models, including Trane 95 gas furnaces, have even been show to deliver up to 96.7% efficiency.

Throughout 2010, federal tax credits of up to $1,500 are available for new energy-efficient equipment installed in existing homes, including natural gas furnaces. To take advantage, pay special attention to the SEER and AFUE rating required to qualify for the credit.

Of course, only a home heating expert can give you a definitive answer regarding whether it’s time to replace your current gas furnace, for either efficiency or safety reasons.

To receive the latest home heating tips and information in Minneapolis, MN, subscribe to Welter My Shelter Air Tips via email or RSS feed, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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