A good furnace is like a trusted friend – especially here in the Calgary area. When the cold winds blow, your furnace is the main comfort standing between you and the winter freeze outside. But if your system is more than 10 years old, there’s a very good chance it’s approaching the end of its lifespan as an efficient unit. As a furnace ages, it requires more maintenance and repair, and ever increasing energy prices begin to show up in the monthly bill. Older furnaces just weren’t built with the energy-efficient technology we have today. With the added concern about our environment factored in, many people are now considering the switch to a high efficiency furnace. There’s never been a better time to do it.
The key to high efficiency furnaces is something called an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. This rating speaks to how completely the furnace can convert raw fuel to heat. New high efficiency furnaces can feature an AFUE rating of up to 97 percent, which means nearly all of the fuel is converted to heat energy rather than being lost. This difference in efficiency compared to your old furnace is important in several ways:
• You’ll enjoy a pleasing wave of consistent warmth
• You’ll enjoy significant energy savings each month
• Less waste means fewer greenhouse gases
New high efficiency furnaces easily pay for themselves over time through utility bill savings and because they don’t often break down like older furnaces. High efficiency furnaces use the best of technology and modern manufacturing, and require only standard regular maintenance to keep them incredibly productive. To find out more about this new breed of furnace, visit Natural Resources Canada. Then visit Climate Change Central to learn about rebates available to Albertans who upgrade. Finally, look to Arpi’s to help guide you to the right products and service.
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