97% High Efficiency Rheem Furnace vs. 80% Efficiency Gas Furnace
So, you have been told you need a new furnace. Whether this is surprising news, or you have been expecting it for some time now, it may be time to familiarize yourself with some common terminology associated with modern furnaces. Why? Well, when you call a Chicago furnace installation company, you’re going to be shown several different furnace models. Wouldn’t it be nice to know a little something going into the conversation before you sign anything? Today, with some help from our friends at Rheem, we will break down a few common furnace terms and how they should effect your purchasing decision.
High Efficiency Rheem Furnace – Is It Worth The Extra Money?
YES! The fact is, if you can afford to go with a high efficiency furnace, DO IT. These new, high-tech marvels, such as the Prestige Series Modulating R97V Gas Rheem Furnace, will save you money on your utility bills, as well as provide you with advanced comfort features. While it is always tempting to save money and go with a cheaper option, in this case, you are literally watching money go up in smoke. So how can a high efficiency furnace save you money and keep you comfortable during the upcoming Chicago winter, let’s look at the technology.
Do You Speak HVAC? As mentioned earlier, there are some key terms that you need to be aware of. So, without further delay, let’s start learning.
The Meaning of Efficiency
Energy Management: Simply put, energy efficiency is how effectively incoming energy is converted into outgoing energy. Less efficient furnaces operate as low as 80%, while high efficiency furnaces operate as high as 97%. Would you rather lose 20% of your money spent on your utility bill or 3%?
AFUE: You will see this when you hear about efficiency in gas furnaces. It stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. A furnace that has a higher AFUE rating is more efficient.
- Single-Stage: A single stage furnace, such as the Classic Plus Series: 80% AFUE Downflow (R801T), only operates at one speed. This means that the furnace operates the same regardless of demand during peak and non-peak heating demands.
- Two-Stage: Two-stage furnaces are a more efficient option and operate according to demand. For example, if your temperature in your home is lower because you have been away, when you turn the temperature up, the furnace will operate at high speed to warm your home quickly. Conversely, when your furnace is only trying to maintain temperature, it will run at a lower speed. This results in energy savings.
- Modulating Operation: A modulating furnace operates at different levels depending on demand. This keeps your temperature in your home consistent while eliminating cold spots.
- Variable Speed Motor: These motors are used in high efficiency furnaces for air- flow management. These motors will automatically control the flow of both warm air and cold air (air conditioning) throughout your home.
- Heat Exchanger: The heat exchanger is the heart of your furnace. It is what transfers the heat from your burners to the blower, where it is then circulated throughout your home. You will want to choose a furnace that offers a strong warranty on the heat exchanger. This is because, if they fail, they are usually so expensive to fix, you end up replacing your entire furnace. Rheem uses advanced heat exchanger technology that allows them to offer limited lifetime warranties on some models.
Hopefully by defining these terms you will better understand your choices when it comes to buying a new furnace in Chicago. At Polar Heating And Air Conditioning we believe in Quality, High Efficiency furnaces from Rheem. If you would like to learn more, or are interested in having a new furnace installed in your home, contact us today for a free estimate.