Regular furnace maintenance by Engle Services Heating & Air – Electrical – Plumbing will keep your house cozy and your energy bills in check. Making sure your heating system is running efficiently is extremely important in providing your home with stable temperatures all year round.
When the time comes to replace a furnace in an existing central heating system or to install a totally new system, you want equipment that minimizes costs and delivers dependable comfort for your family – season after season. Engle Services has the experience necessary to help you make the best move with your home comfort systems. We handle repairs and new installations of high-efficiency gas, oil, and electric furnaces, as well as heat pumps.
What Do Good Furnaces Have in Common?
The best furnaces are efficient. They are quiet, long-lasting, and low in service frequency and cost. They keep a home warm and comfortable and provide steady, dependable performance.
Which Furnaces are Energy-Efficient?
When a furnace loses or wastes heat, it requires more energy to keep your home warm. Some furnaces lose heat through the walls of the furnace cabinet. Energy-efficient furnaces like Rheem’s full line of state-of-the-art models significantly reduce this loss with a blanket of insulation that lines the inside of the cabinet walls. When a gas furnace is not in operation, a steady, wasteful draft of warm household air travels up the venting system and out the roof. The York lines – with AFUE ratings of 78% and better – feature an induced-draft blower that works in conjunction with a hot surface ignition system to pull hot gases through the heat exchanger at a constant and controlled rate of flow. As the burner cycles off, the draft blower stops, keeping the heating air in the system. A high-efficiency furnace generally wears a higher price tag, but it can make up the difference by reducing operating costs over the long run. And with today’s consumer interest in efficiency, such equipment enhances the bottom line of your home.
Are Some Heat Pumps Better Than Others?
Naturally, energy efficiency is important. But when making your selection, remember low operating costs are little comfort if service and repair bills are high. Don’t be sold on energy efficiency alone.
Rheem is the only manufacturer to install the Compliant Scroll® Compressor in its entire residential heat pump line. This makes their heat pumps industry-best, and we are proud to provide them to our customers.
What Should I Know About SEER and HSPF?
The Department of Energy requires all air-conditioning and heating equipment manufacturers to evaluate and rate the efficiency of their equipment on a seasonal basis. These ratings are known as the SEER or, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, for air conditioners, and the HSPF or, Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, for heating equipment.
Heat pumps use both numbers. The higher the SEER or HSPF rating, the more efficient the heat pump. High-efficiency units cost more. But since operating costs are lower, the payback period may be shorter than you realize. A high SEER/HSPF heat pump also can add value to your home which is important to today’s energy-conscious home buyers.