January 22, 2013
Using Your San Diego Furnace This Winter
Most people will turn on their furnace for the first time this winter season as the temperatures start to drop. After that initial burning dust smell, everything sounds fine and your furnace seems to be heating the house efficiently, but is it? Basic heating maintenance performed regularly will ensure that you are heating your home in the most efficient way possible.
Lowering Your San Diego Heating Bill – The Challenge
With the cost of energy bills continuing to rise and with sources of energy becoming more difficult to find and process, you can expect to see higher energy bills in the future. That combined with the current recession means that you will find most homeowners are looking for ways to save money. The additional pressure to be environmentally friendly can means a real struggle to economically and efficiently heat our homes.
High-Efficiency Furnaces and Fuel Utilization Efficiency
Most of America’s over 100 million homes are heated with natural gas in a forced air system. Unfortunately, some of the energy costs go right out the flue. Greenhouse gases are also released and may contribute to global climate change. In an effort to increase efficiency and lower carbon monoxide emissions, the government mandated a minimum of 78% efficiency for all new furnaces manufactured in the USA today. Now you can see the “Fuel Utilization Efficiency” ratings right on the label of a new furnace. To be considered “high-efficiency” a rating of 90% or higher is required.
Energy Star Rated Furnaces
Today’s new furnaces with Energy Star ratings mean a reduction in energy costs of up to 40%. Many of these new units are also eligible for rebates by state or federal agencies.
Maintaining Your Furnace
If you are not quite ready to buy that new furnace, maintaining your current unit becomes much more important. Your old furnace may just be in need of a few simple repairs to increase its efficiency and avoid the costs of a brand new unit. At Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air, we can help you make the right choice for your furnace needs, always considering your unique situation. If we can answer any questions, please contact us.