An HVAC upgrade might be in order if your heating and maintenance bills are going up while the comfort level of your Fort Worth area home keeps going down. Older systems may no longer perform as effectively as they once did and don’t have many of the high-efficiency features that are part of today’s furnace systems. Your furnace might only have an AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating of 55 to 65 percent, which means that only 55-65 percent of the fuel you are purchasing is actually heating the air in your home. The rest burns off and escapes out of your chimney or flue. With an HVAC upgrade to a condensing furnace, the AFUE rating will jump to 90-98 percent! This can save you hundreds of dollars per month in fuel savings depending on the amount of run time your furnace uses each season. A high efficiency furnace also provides even distribution of air through the home and a quieter operation.
How does a condensing furnace work?
A condensing furnace functions like conventional forced-air gas furnaces in that the heat from combustion gases is transferred to a heat exchanger. It heats air brought in through the cold air return and then blows the heated air back into your home through air ducts. The most significant difference, however, is that a condensing furnace has a secondary heat exchanger that collects the heated exhaust from the first chamber (that would have otherwise gone up the chimney), and extracts any remaining heat before exhausting a small amount of cooled gases and water condensate. It like reusing and distributing air that has already been warmed.
There are other HVAC upgrade features that add to a condensing furnace’s efficiency and provide optimal comfort. An optional heat recovery ventilator brings in fresh outside air, preheats it and mixes it with the stale return air to enhance your home’s air quality. A modulating gas valve uses less fuel by rationing the gas flow to the furnace during warmer periods. A variable-speed fan blower can adjust the blower speed to the demand for heat, providing more consistent heating.
Combine a high efficiency 2 stage furnace with an outdoor high efficiency condensing unit and you will have a system that saves money , provides years of outstanding comfort and qualifies for Federal tax incentives for promoting energy savings for our environment.
There are HVAC systems that have a lifetime warranty now on the heat exchanger for the indoor furnace unit and the compressor for the outdoor condenser unit. Should this part fail while you own your home, the contractor will replace the entire unit with a new unit for no charge to you the homeowner. That is total peace of mind combined with great savings.
An HVAC upgrade can save you money, be more energy efficient, add peace of mind with outstanding lifetime warranties and give you many years of home comfort. If you would like more information on this and other HVAC options, contact the experts at AirRite Air Conditioning. We have been serving our neighbors in the Fort Worth/Arlington area since 1955.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about high-efficiency systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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