Heating your home for less – High Efficiency Furnace

In most homes, the biggest factor in your winter heating bill is the furnace, but it is also the most costly part to replace.

But is it worth it??

In his three-part series, Mike Hoffman will look at how to heat your home for less.

In part one, Mike will look at installing a highly efficient furnace.

He is going to track the savings from this high-efficiency furnace through the winter, and keep you up to date.

The new high efficiency furnaces basically have 2 different heat exchangers in here to squeeze every bit of heat out of the air...95% of it, leaving only 5% to be exhausted so you do not even need a chimney any more...you just exhaust it through a plastic PVC pipe to the outdoors.

It also has 2 other money saving features...a variable speed fan, and something called sealed combustion. This means it heats up outside air… and exhausts that SAME air...never mixing it with the air you breathe, which is heating your home. The older furnaces heat up air from inside the home, then exhausts that air up the chimney. This wastes that heat, PLUS it then pulls in fresh, cold air, increasing leaks around doors and windows. That is a double whammy.

To see more specific examples of how effective the furnace can be, click the video link above.

Or follow the links listed bellow:

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy - Furnaces and Boilers

Department of Energy Saving - Central Gas Furnace Terms & Definitions

Department of Energy Savings - Air Source Heat Pumps

Department of Energy Savings - Geothermal Heat Pumps

Energy Calculators and Software

Energy Saver's Blog

How Air Source Heat Pumps Work


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