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Huge Improvements in Home Heater Efficiency

by admin on September 21, 2012

EnergyGuide info on a High Efficiency Atchley Air Furnace

Over the past few years there has been a great deal of talk about the efficiency improvements in air conditioners, primarily because of significant tax credits that were offered by the government.  What didn’t get quite as much attention were the similar improvements made in home heating technology.

20 years ago, the most common home furnaces were approximately 60% efficient.  This means for every 100 ccf of natural gas that was purchased, 60 ccf of gas was actually used to heat the home, while the remaining 40 ccf of gas was wasted out the exhaust pipe.  In 1992, the minimum efficiency for the central furnace was increased to 78%, which brings us to today’s most common furnace which operates at an efficiency level of about 80%.

As you can imagine, since 1992 heating technology has continued to improve.  Today, homeowners have the option of investing in furnaces that reach efficiencies of 96%!  While there are a few more installation requirements with these super high efficiency furnaces, we are beginning to install more and more of them each and every year.

Check back in the coming weeks for more details on super high efficiency furnaces, as well as on rebates that are currently available.