Energy efficiency serves several purposes, including saving money. An energy-efficient furnace could lead to less waste and lower energy bills. Homeowners might wonder how to tell whether a heater delivers on energy efficiency. There are a few ways to tell if your heater is energy efficient.
Review the Rating
Sometimes, someone else does the work necessary for determining energy efficiency. The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) percentage appears on a nameplate located on the furnace. AFUE percentages are derived from a simple equation. The calculation involves dividing the fuel amount by the heat it generates. Therefore, a 70% AFUE means that 30% of the fuel ends up not being utilized. Those who want a more efficient heater could upgrade to something with a better percentage.
Tuning Up the Furnace
No matter the AFUE rating or percentage, a dirty furnace with an old filter probably won’t operate as efficiently as it could. A thorough inspection, cleaning, and tune-up could restore some previously lost energy efficiency. Scheduling an inspection and tune-up right before the winter season arrives could prepare the heater for the added work.
Perhaps a serious problem, such as a damaged part, requires replacing. A comprehensive inspection might uncover an outright dangerous issue, and a technician may perform the necessary repair work.
Ontario, OR, residents may call Stan’s Heating, Inc for assistance. We perform heating repair, maintenance, and installation services.
Age Means Something
Older furnaces may be far less efficient than newer ones. When a furnace starts to age, parts wear down, and the system might not perform as well as it once did. Older furnaces will break down eventually, so taking steps to replace an aging furnace before problems occur could avoid calamities while enhancing efficiency.
Besides performing furnace repairs and installation, Stan’s Heating, Inc also handles heat pump and fireplace work. We’ve been in business since 1981 and are a premier Lennox dealer. Contact our office about setting up a time and day for an estimate.