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Heating FAQs

How Do I know if My Heating System is Efficient?

The first thing to look for in a furnace is its AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating, which measures how energy efficient that particular model is. Nearly every modern model is rated, so this is a good rating to trust, given its breadth and standard use. It's fairly average for a furnace to have an AFUE rating of 80%, though some models can get much higher.

Keep in mind, however, that the more energy efficient a model is, the more expensive it will be, and your needs may not require the most efficient model on the market. There's a balance to be struck between high efficiency, and a price you can afford up front.

Of course, it's true that the higher efficiency models do save you money on your energy bills every month, so that's another factor to keep in mind, though these savings may not entirely make up the difference of initial purchase. This is why it's good to speak with a professional like those at C & C Heating & Air Conditioning when considering all of your options, as they will a) have an idea of the AFUE rating that's best for you based on your needs, and b) can help you determine the kind of furnace that will best work with your home's location and size.

Note: Heat pumps do not carry AFUE ratings as they work different than furnaces by effectively drawing heat out of the outdoor air in the winter, and then drawing heat from indoor air in the summer. The heating efficiency of heat pumps is measured by its HSPF number, instead, following the same principle as AFUE that a higher number equals more efficiency.

Are Gas Furnaces Unsafe?

The short answer is no. The longer answer is that modern furnaces, regardless of type, are generally quite safe, and not that much different from each other in that context. The type of fuel a furnace uses does provides different benefits and drawbacks, but lower safety standards are not one of those drawbacks.

The misconception that gas furnaces are unsafe is derived from the conventional understanding that gas is flammable and sometimes used as an accelerant. In the past, gas furnaces may have been somewhat more unstable than electric furnaces due to lesser technology, but modern hardware has been designed with safety in mind, and rendered the likelihood of any complications extremely remote.

How Long Can I Expect My Heating System to Last?

Expected lifespan varies from model to model, and also by type, but most heating systems do tend to last between 10 and 15 years. At that point, their energy efficiency usually begins to drop to very poor level compared to newer models, or major repairs start being required. Still, with regular maintenance and care, many heating systems can last well past their expected lifespan and still maintain good energy efficiency levels.

I'm a New Buyer!

Which Home Heating System is Right for Me?

Unfortunately, this is not an easy question to answer, as there are an abundance of factors that figure into the exact type and model of home heating system that would be best for your home. As systems vary immensely in terms of energy efficiency, combination options, fuel options, and so forth, we highly recommend you work with an experienced professional, such as those here at C & C Heating & Air Conditioning, who can process all of your personal needs and home factors into a complete search through the huge volume of models to find the one that will be the most appropriate for your circumstance.

A poorly-chosen system can result in lower energy efficiency at best, and major repairs at worst, as some models work best in certain climate locations, or with certain size homes than others. Having an expert work out your individual details and come to your home to evaluate your situation guarantees that the system you ultimately choose will serve you well for years to come.
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