Buying a High-Efficiency Furnace? Look for These Features
Homeowners who need to install a new heating system and are interested in maximizing their energy dollars for their Asheville home can do so by purchasing an high-efficiency furnace. If you’re in the market for a new furnace, here are some of the features to look for:
- Variable speed fan motor – The variable speed allows the furnace to adjust the speed of its airflow when it’s starting up. This means that it can adjust humidity levels in your home and keep the temperature more even. It also saves energy by switching to a lower speed when appropriate.
- Quiet combustion technology – This innovation allows the furnace to use a smaller Btu input for each burner. Not only does this save energy, but it also allows the furnace to start up much quieter and produce a more even heat distribution.
- Variable heat output – Variable heat output, which works along with variable blower speed, increases efficiency by varying the heat the furnace delivers, reducing it as temperatures in the room increase. This keeps the room more comfortable by provided more continuous heat, but also reduces energy consumption.
- Ignition system – Few new furnaces have a pilot light, which uses continual fuel to keep a flame burning. Today’s high-efficiency furnace models use hot-surface ignition or intermittent direct sparks to ignite the system, which conserves fuel.
Each of these features is designed to improve the energy efficiency of the furnace. By shopping for a model with all of them, you should be able to improve the comfort level in your home while lowering your energy bills.
If you have further questions about home comfort or are ready to install a new high-efficiency furnace in your home, Smoky Mountain Heating & Air is ready to help. Contact us today to have your questions answered.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Asheville, North Carolina and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about high-efficiency furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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