There are many reasons why high-efficiency furnaces are worth the money. High-efficiency furnaces cost more at first, but you will experience major 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 catches extra heating energy before the furnace will exhaust gases and this additional heat outside via PVC pipes.

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

1. Lower Energy Bills

One of the main benefits high-efficiency furnaces provide is lower energy bills. The high-efficiency rating means these heating systems consume less fuel to heat your home, potentially saving thousands on energy costs in the long run.

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

2. Better Comfort

A high-efficiency gas furnace is created to provide comfortable heat during all types of weather and in especially cold climates. The most efficient gas furnaces often will have two heat exchangers, a sealed combustion chamber and a variable-speed blower. Instead of starting 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 use 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 beneficial for those who need a quiet environment for sleeping or studying. If you’re concerned about quiet operation, a two-stage furnace produces less noise because it can run at a lower speed.

4. Healthier Indoor Air Quality

High-efficiency gas furnaces are made with high levels of air filtration to catch pollutants before they can pollute your air, which is particularly helpful for those who live in areas that have a lot of dust and other impurities.

5. Better for the Environment

High-efficiency furnaces are an green solution for heating your home. They have a high energy efficiency rating that saves on natural gas fuel costs while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.

6. Additional Rebates

Purchasing a high-efficiency furnace may make you eligible for additional rebates, especially if you buy one that’s ENERGY STAR® qualified. A gas furnace that’s received this qualification must satisfy high standards for natural gas-to-heat use.

These annual fuel utilization efficiency standards consist of:

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

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

7. Works with Smart Thermostats

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

  • 42% didn’t know how to program the thermostat.
  • 14% didn’t know where to find the settings.
  • 25% know where the settings are but didn’t know how to change 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 create energy savings for your higher efficiency gas furnace.

Since most smart thermostats are ENERGY STAR certified, utility companies often offer generous 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 save money on natural gas costs. If it also includes rebates to balance out the preliminary 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. Contact us today at 510-343-9841 for a free estimate appointment for your new furnace. We’ve been providing furnace installation in The Bay Area and surrounding areas since {year}, and we’re pleased to be the company your neighbors and friends rely on.