Time to get rid of your old furnace? Then there's never been a better time to lower your energy bills, and your environmental impact, by investing in a new high-efficiency furnace.
Though some customers feel the initial investment is a little high compared to standard furnaces, you'll use less fuel to get the same amount of heat you're getting out of your current furnace.
The truth is these furnaces tend to pay for themselves, especially since there often are really only four months of the year where Oakland County or Macomb County are warm enough to do without turning on the heater, at least a little bit.
The efficiency of a furnace is measured by its Annual Fuel Efficiency Rating (AFUE). That's the percentage of fuel converted directly to heat when the furnace is in operation.
Older furnaces, like the one you're likely to be replacing, typically have an AFUE of 56% to 70%, and the AFUE tends to drop as the furnace gets older. High-efficiency heaters have an AFUE of 90% or higher. Some go even as high as 98.5%.
It's easy to see why switching to a high-efficiency furnace will tend to have a dramatic and immediate impact on your power bill.
The term "high-efficiency" is a little like the food term "natural." While a real definition exists, a legal one doesn't.
This means many unscrupulous companies and marketers feel free to slap the "high-efficiency" label on furnaces which don't really fit the bill. Some of the furnaces these companies sell have AFUEs as low as 80%.
That's a more efficient furnace, and is a nice middle ground option if you're okay sacrificing some efficiency to lower the up-front costs. But it is not a high-efficiency furnace. It's important to know what you're buying.
One easy way to tell is to ask whether the furnace carries an Energy Star rating. In Michigan (or any other northern state), Energy Star won't apply its label to any furnace with an AFUE lower than 95%.
While it's important to make sure you're getting a great furnace capable of living up to its promises, the company you choose to install your furnace matters, too.
An improperly installed furnace of any type will do a poor job of making your house comfortable. It makes no sense to install an energy-efficient furnace if you're going to choose someone who won't connect your ductwork correctly, for example, ensuring most of that heat escapes before it gets to the parts of the home that matter.
In extreme cases, a faulty installation job will cause gas leaks or fire hazards capable of putting your entire family at risk.
Don't take chances. We guarantee both the quality of our equipment and our service. Take a look at our reviews to see what customers like you have had to say about working with us, then schedule an estimate. We look forward to meeting you!