Heating System (Furnace or Boiler)
If you’ve been staring with concern at your energy bill wondering where all that cost came from, it’s probably time to think about replacing your furnace or boiler. Replacing your heating and cooling system is a big financial investment in your home, and it’s something you will rely on to keep your home comfortable and liveable for years to come.High-efficiency furnaces are quiet, reliable, powerful, and affordable and can save you up to 45% of your fuel bill compared to low and Mid-efficient heating systems.
Furnace fuel efficiency ratings
The measurement for furnace fuel efficiency is called an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. The more efficient your furnace, the more heat you will get per unit of fuel. Any furnace with an efficiency of 90% or higher is considered high-efficiency.AFUE ratings run from the 80 percent minimum to 98.5 percent. This is the ratio of the furnace’s annual fuel that is converted into usable heat. In other words, the highest-performing model converts 98.5 percent of its fuel into heat. A furnace with an AFUE of 80 turns 80% of its fuel into heat, while wasting about 20% of its fuel through either air leaks, inefficient burners or a less-advanced design. On the other hand, a furnace with an AFUE of 96 converts 96% of the gas or it consumes into useable warmth.
High Efficiency Furnace benefits:
- Longer lifespanHigh-efficiency furnaces have a built-in system that removes moisture inside the heat exchanger and they are built to withstand chemical buildup thereby elongating the life of the equipment. They also have a more economical on-and-off cycling program so they last longer, as long as they’re properly maintained.
- Significant gas savingA more efficient heating system can help lower monthly energy bills by using less energy to keep a home warm through the colder months. You can be looking at savings up to 30% and the furnace will pay for itself after a few years.
- Improved Home ComfortHigh efficiency furnaces also contain variable-speed blower motors which can adjust airflow to meet the real-time heating needs of your home and your heat will be uniform throughout your home. While your home will be more comfortable, you’ll also be breathing healthier air.
- More Environmentally friendlyWhen it come to the environment, carbon impact is key. By using one-third of the fuel your old furnace did, high-efficiency models have lower carbon dioxide emissions and help conserve natural resources.
- You can get RebateIn addition, energy savings, investing in a high-efficient furnace also makes you eligible for $750.00 Enbridge and Union Gas rebates
Buying new furnace or boiler
If you are in the replacement market, make sure you look into your condensing furnace options. When buying new furnace always look for the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) score to get the best heat delivery and lowest energy costs for your home. The higher the score, the more efficient the furnace–and the lower your utility bills..
A tankless water heater (also called an on-demand system) saves you money over time, thanks to far superior energy efficiency. They have a significantly longer useful lifespan than tank water heaters, lasting almost twice as long in some cases (about 20 years). They require significantly less storage space than a storage tank water heater. They also eliminate the risk of tank leaks and water damage.You’ll have unlimited hot water whenever you need it. The hot water is available in seconds instead of the minutes it typically takes for a tank heater. You will have more than enough hot water for multiple showers and appliances to run simultaneously.
Tankless units are considered the more eco-friendly option because there is no wasted energy going up the flue, as is the case with tank heaters which keep 40 to 60 gallons of water hot and ready to go.
It sounds good and the energy savings are tempting, not to mention the 12 to 16 feet of floor space you get back because tankless heaters are wall mounted. In addition, Small size allows for installation in non-traditional spaces such as crawl spaces and attics, making it perfect for use in any size home, including manufactured and modular homes.Energy efficiency rebate also offers the opportunity to help make your purchases more affordable.
How It Works
When you turn on the hot water tap, cold water travel through a pipe into the unit and heated either by an electric heating element or a gas burner. The hot water never runs out and you always have constant supply of hot water. Tankless water heaters typically deliver hot water at a rate of 2 – 5 gallons per minute. Gas-fired models will generally have higher flow rates than electric models.
When selecting a new water heater for your home, choose a water heating system that will not only provide enough hot water but also that will do so energy efficiently, saving you money. This includes considering the different types of water heaters available and determining the right size and fuel source for your home. These are the factors that need to be considered when buying a new hot water tankless unit.
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- Fuel type, availabilityThe fuel type is used for water heating will not only affect the water heater's annual operation costs but also its size and energy efficiency, so it's important to consider the availability and cost of fuel type.
- SizeA more efficient heating system can help lower monthly energy . bills by using less energy to keep a home warm through the colder months. You can be looking at savings up to 30% and the furnace will pay for itself after a few years. .
- Energy efficiency: To maximize your energy and cost savings, before buying you better to know how energy efficient a tankless is.
- CostsBefore you purchase a water heater, it is a good idea to estimate its annual operating costs and compare those costs with other less or more energy-efficient models.