Brilliant Home Services Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Heating System Replacement’

A Caution about Electric Furnace Efficiency Ratings

Monday, February 6th, 2017


Last week we discussed how the efficiency ratings for furnaces work. The short version: a gas furnace’s efficiency is rated as AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency), a percentage that tells you how much of the furnace’s natural gas fuel supply it converts into heat. The current ENERGY STAR requirement for furnaces is 90% AFUE or above.

“Okay, but what about electric furnaces?” you might ask. “How do they score on AFUE?”

It’s good question. And the answer is a deceptive one: electric furnaces have 100% AFUE.

“So I should always get an electric furnace, right? Even the highest end gas furnace doesn’t get 100% AFUE! An electric furnace has a perfect score!”

Okay… this is one of difficulties in explaining AFUE to people unfamiliar with it. AFUE doesn’t actually tell you how much you’ll pay to run your furnace. “Higher Efficiency” isn’t equal to “Lower Cost.”

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The Great Fall Furnace Dilemma: Is It Time to Replace That Old Furnace?

Monday, September 26th, 2016

In our recent blog posts, we’ve written about how important regular maintenance is for your home heating system. You want this task taken care of long before the first cold day arrives! (If you still need to schedule maintenance, fill out this form and click on “maintenance visit” as the type of service you require. We’ll take care of the rest—it’s that easy!)

In this post, we’re going to look at a bigger winter preparation step: replacing the entire furnace. If you have an old gas furnace, we recommend that you consider having it replaced with a new one during the fall.

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