Gibson Heating & Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating System Installation’

How a High Efficiency Furnace Gets Such Great “Mileage”

Monday, October 28th, 2019

green-houseEfficiency is one of the big words in today’s consumer products. People are always looking for appliances and vehicles and other devices with improved energy efficiency. Government labels like ENERGY STAR make it easier than ever for customers to find appliances that meet the standards for efficient operation.

Because a large amount of the energy consumed in your house during the winter goes to your gas furnace, finding one with a high efficiency rating can mean a significant difference in your utility bills. Older furnaces have AFUE ratings between 60% and 80% (meaning they lose about 20% to 40% of their fuel source to exhaust). New special efficiency furnaces have AFUE ratings of more than 90%. These high-efficiency furnaces cost more than mid-efficiency models, but they often pay for themselves in a few years.

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What’s “Dual Fuel” Mean, And Do I Need It?

Monday, March 4th, 2019

two-houses-cold-hotWhen you look over the options for heating and cooling systems to have installed in your house, you’ll see something called a dual fuel system, a.k.a. a hybrid system. Part of it is self-explanatory: it uses two types of fuel. But what types of fuel? And what does it do with these fuels? And, most importantly, is it something that you need for your house?

We’ll answer these questions in order …

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How Furnace Efficiency Is Measured

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Furnace-standardThere are many options to consider when choosing the right furnace for your home and needs. However, if there is one thing that matters across the board, it’s efficiency. A furnace’s efficiency is measured by its Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, or AFUE, rating. The Federal Trade Commission requires new furnaces to display their AFUE ratings so homeowners can compare the efficiency of various models.

So, what exactly is AFUE? To put it simply, AFUE is the ratio of annual heat output of the furnace compared to the annual fuel energy consumed by the furnace. Let’s say a furnace has an AFUE rating of 95%. This means that 95% of the fuel being used becomes heat for the home. This is important. When your furnace performs efficiently, it saves money. You would not want to pay 100% of your heating bill and only get to enjoy 50% of the heat.

Today, high-efficiency furnaces operate at 90–98.5% efficiency. Should you choose to install a high-efficiency furnace, you should know that the initial cost can be pricy, but the benefits definitely outweigh the drawbacks. Spending money on a high-quality furnace will save you money in the long run. Older furnaces might not even be rated, but if a furnace has a continuous pilot light that requires you to light it when it goes out, it’s safe to say it is only operating at about 50–70%. So, if you have an older furnace, you might be spending your money on wasted fuel.

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Energy Efficiency and Furnaces: The Basics

Monday, March 19th, 2018

inside-a-natural-gas-furnaceAs winter winds down, homeowners often evaluate the performance of their home heating systems. Is it time to retire that old furnace that can’t seem to keep up? If it is, what type of furnace should replace it?

There are many questions people have about furnaces when they’re shopping for a new installation. Many of them are about energy efficiency: “How is efficiency measured? What does AFUE mean? Is a high-efficiency furnace automatically a money-saver?”

We’re going to get into the basics of furnace efficiency to provide you with some answers.

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The Continuing Popularity of Boilers, Explained

Monday, February 19th, 2018

boiler-residentialThe majority of homes in the U.S. have a furnace installed to handle comfort needs during the winter. Furnaces are flexible and have enormous heating power. But boiler systems have stayed around even as furnaces became the most common home heater. Boilers show no signs of going away either.

What is it that gives boilers an edge that still makes them competitive? There are a number of reasons homeowners may choose to have a boiler system set up for their new home rather than a conventional forced-air furnace.

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Can a Heat Pump Manage Heating My Home?

Monday, February 5th, 2018

sun-and-snowflake-badgeHeat pumps are not a new invention, but it’s only recently that they’ve started to make a big impression in homes in our area. More and more households today enjoy their summer cooling and winter heating from the two-in-one function of a heat pump.

If you’re considering changing your standard furnace-and-air conditioning HVAC set-up for a heat pump in the near future, you’ve probably already done a bit of research on them. One thing you’ll often read about regarding heat pumps is that they aren’t ideal for every home. Is a heat pump installation in Cherry Hill, NJ the right choice for your comfort needs? Let’s take a look …

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