Energy Efficient Heating & Furnace Systems

Reduce energy costs and maintain comfort levels

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Understanding Heating System Energy Efficiency

With energy costs rising more and more people are looking at how they can increase their home heating systems’ energy efficiency. TLC’s HVAC technicians stay current in the latest heating and cooling technology advancements to ensure we offer customers ways to improve their energy efficiency for their heaters while staying comfortable.

45-Afue

Home heating is the largest energy expense in the average U.S. home, it accounts for about 45% of energy costs.

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Natural gas is the most common fuel used to heat homes in the U.S., its used in about 57% of homes.

Understanding Heating Energy Efficiency Ratings

The efficiency of furnaces and boilers is measured by Annual Fuel Utilization (AFUE). AFUE= How efficient the heater is at converting the energy in its fuel to heat divided by the annual fuel energy consumed by the heater. You will see it described as follows:

Low-Efficiency-Rating

56 -70%

Old, low-efficiency heating systems.

These systems are often found in older homes and were installed several years ago.

It is probably time to consider replacing a furnace this old.

Mid-Range-Efficiency-Rating

80 – 83%

Mid-efficiency heating systems.

80% AFUE is currently the lowest energy rating you can currently get in a Furnace.

There are many single and two stage furnaces available in this range.

High-Efficiency-Rating

90 – 98.5%

High-efficiency heating systems.

These types of heating systems are going to offer the most energy savings while maximizing comfort levels.

These types of systems are going to be variable speed furnaces and condensing boilers.

Tips to lower your heating costs

Here are some easy tips to control your heating costs this winter and still keep you comfortable.

Install A Programmable Thermostat

Install A Programmable Thermostat

Digital thermostats have greatly improved over the years, some even allow you to control your system from your smartphone.

Maintain Your Heating System

Maintain Your Heating System

Proper maintenance is vital to your maintaining your heating system’s efficiency.  A poorly maintained unit will run constantly and increase your energy costs.

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Ceiling Fan

Ceiling Fan

Run your ceiling fan in the clockwise position to blow hot air down into the room.

Open Your Curtains

Open Your Curtains

Keep curtains open in winter months during the day to bring natural heat in and close at night to keep the heat inside.

Seal Doors & Windows

Seal Doors & Windows

Add weatherstrips around your doors and windows to seal drafts and keep heat inside.

Air Ducts

Air Ducts

Check to see if your air ducts are sealed and properly insulated, especially in areas like the attic or crawl space.

High-Efficiency Variable Speed Furnaces

A traditional single stage furnace operates in either “on” or “off” mode. A multi-stage furnace has a high and low speed. However, a Variable Speed motor allows the blower to adjust the speed of the motor incrementally based on the heating needs in your home. This type of motor increases fuel and electrical efficiency, provides consistent heat, reduced noise, and cleaner air. Talk to your TLC technician about energy efficiency furnace options when it is time to replace your existing furnace.

Energy Efficiency

Since the furnace adjusts the demand for heat you will use less fuel & electricty.

Temperature Control

A variable speed motor improves the heating consistency in your home because it doesn’t just go from off to on.

Noise Reduction

Since the motor starts slower and slowly builds momentum it creates less noise than standard motors.

Clean Air

The blower will continue to circulate even when there is no demand for heat, so air is always being passed through the filtration system.