Trusted Heating Replacement in Lincoln
Much of the range of choices in new furnaces involve energy efficiency, reliability, and comfort. A lot has changed since the basic burner that simply pumped warm air through your home. Now, sealed burner systems, variable speed fans, and even variable intensity burners give you a lot of ways to stay warm, save on energy costs, and enjoy your new heating system. Our heating replacement team is here to explain the range of new options, or to help you focus on the best option for quick replacement if you need that. When there’s time to talk about features, you’ll discover that your energy bill can usually be a lot lower, and interestingly, your comfort can improve thanks to new technologies that keep the heating system closer to a target temperature. We can explain the various acronyms like BTU and AFUE that are carried on furnace labels, and why they can help you compare systems, but often don’t tell the whole story.
There are many considerations for a heating replacement system these days, including:
- Overall energy efficiency
- Single or two-stage burners
- Two-speed, variable, and modulated air flow
- Improved temperature accuracy and comfort in your home
Even with our help choosing the right heating replacement and our skillful, expert heating installation assistance, there might be reasons for you to wait and live with your current system through another winter. If you only have a simple repair to get it going again, you might consider the repair for now. We can help factor in other important issues, like whether a recent inspection identified other potential repair issues, how your energy bills have been rising, and whether your system is keeping you warm and comfortable. Combined with possible incentives or financing, the increased efficiency of a new unit and the resulting change in your energy costs can be compelling.
Amazing AFUE Ratings and Your Operational Costs for Heating
If you have an older home, you may have had a lower efficiency burner that’s been running for a long time at what would be 50-70% efficiency by AFUE ratings. With degrading efficiency over the years, who knows what it’s doing now? AFUE, by the way, stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, whether it’s gas, propane, or oil that’s being burned, that’s the result you’re getting for your energy costs. Now, the high end of the scale for AFUE is around 98%, which sounds amazing, and the burner and heat exchanger designs that produce that great fuel usage are definitely wonders of technology. Of course, heat exchangers put out more heat energy than the electric power they consume, so they get results of 300% or so. Typically, their top output is more limited. You can also get a boost in your overall efficiency through the variable fan speed and burner output furnace features.