There are a number of reasons why high-efficiency furnaces are worth the cost. High-efficiency furnaces cost more initially, but you will see significant savings in utility bills and an increase in your home’s comfort.

A high-efficiency gas furnace is often called a condensing furnace. Unlike traditional furnaces, this heating system has a second heat exchanger that captures additional heating energy before the furnace will exhaust gases and this additional heat outside through PVC pipes.

If you’re not convinced yet, here are seven reasons to replace your old furnace with a high-efficiency furnace!

1. Reduced Energy Bills

One of the top advantages high-efficiency furnaces offer is lower energy bills. The high-efficiency rating means these heating systems need less gas to heat your home, possibly saving thousands on energy costs over time.

Gas furnaces have a fuel utilization efficiency, AFUE, rating. This stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. It calculates how well your furnace consumes natural gas for generating heat. The higher the rating, the more usable heat you’ll get and the more efficient it will be.

2. Enhanced Sense of Comfort

A high-efficiency gas furnace is created to provide comfortable heat during all types of weather and in particularly cold climates. The most efficient gas furnaces often will have two heat exchangers, a sealed combustion chamber and a variable-speed blower. Instead of turning on at full blast all the time, the furnace can operate at a lower speed when needed and supply more usable heat at more consistent temperatures. This also means it will consume less natural gas.

3. Less Noise

A high-efficiency gas furnace is generally much quieter than standard furnaces because it doesn’t have to work as hard or burn as hot to heat your home. This is especially helpful for those who need a quiet environment for sleeping or studying. If you’re concerned about quiet operation, a two-stage furnace creates less noise because it can operate at a lower speed.

4. Better Indoor Air Quality

High-efficiency gas furnaces are made with increased levels of air filtration to catch pollutants before they can pollute your air, which is especially beneficial for those who live in areas that have high concentrations of dust and other contaminants.

5. Eco-Friendly Design

High-efficiency furnaces are an environmentally friendly solution for heating your home. They have a higher energy efficiency rating that saves on natural gas fuel expenses while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.

6. Additional Rebates

Buying a high-efficiency furnace may make you eligible for extra rebates, especially if you purchase one that’s ENERGY STAR® certified. A gas furnace that’s earned this qualification must reach high standards for natural gas-to-heat consumption.

These annual fuel utilization efficiency standards include:

  • 95% AFUE or better for northern climates
  • 90% AFUE or better for southern climates

In addition to the additional rebates and the improved comfort your furnace delivers, you’ll enjoy lower energy costs throughout its lifetime.

7. Peak Performance When Combined with Smart Thermostats

Most homeowners have a programmable thermostat for their gas furnace but have no clue how to use it. A 192-person study released by the Energy Research and Social Science journal found:

  • 42% didn’t know how to use the thermostat.
  • 14% didn’t know where to find the settings.
  • 25% know where the settings are located but didn’t know how to adjust them.

With a smart thermostat, you won’t have to be wondering about keeping your home at an energy-efficient temp. Your thermostat will find out your temperature preferences and make energy savings for your higher efficiency gas furnace.

Since many smart thermostats are ENERGY STAR certified, utility companies frequently offer big rebates. Here’s how you can get a smart thermostat for free (or close to it).

Get Your Free Estimate Today for a High-Efficiency Furnace

A high-efficiency furnace will help you spend less money on natural gas costs. If it also comes with rebates to offset the initial cost, why not make the most of it and upgrade your old furnace? We’re here to answer any questions you have about a new heating system, furnace efficiency and sorting through higher efficiency models. Call us today at 928-251-4327 for a free estimate appointment for your new furnace. We’ve been providing furnace installation in Cottonwood & Prescott and surrounding locations since {year}, and we’re pleased to be the company your neighbors and friends count on.