Save Money With an Energy-Efficient Furnace

Investing in a new, energy-efficient furnace may save money in the long run, especially with increasing fuel costs. Includes examples of savings in different climates, features that make gas and oil furnaces efficient and the importance of getting the right size furnace to optimize performance.

| December 2008/January 2009

Here's advice to help you know when to replace your old furnace with an energy-efficient furnace.

Save Money with an Energy Efficient Furnace

Although the number of homes heated by clean, renewable solar energy is growing, the majority still rely on fossil fuels (natural gas and fuel oil) or electricity generated by nuclear and coal-fired power plants. With the cost of these fuels on the rise, it’s becoming increasingly expensive to stay warm in the winter. Fossil fuel combustion also contributes to climate change, as well as acid rain and air pollution.

Concern for these issues has caused many people to consider replacing old, inefficient furnaces with energy-efficient models. If your furnace is more than 15 years old or is frequently in need of costly repairs, or if you’re planning to add on to your home and need to upgrade your furnace to heat the additional space, consider installing an Energy Star-qualified model.

Heat pumps, solar hot water systems and woodstoves are excellent options, but they don’t fit everyone’s budget, home or lifestyle.

An energy-efficient furnace will cut your utility bill substantially, saving hundreds of dollars a year. (See Savings from an Energy-Efficient Furnace.) By reducing electricity use, efficient furnaces help reduce air pollution produced by conventional power plants. They also can improve the air quality of your home.

Before you invest in a new furnace, it pays to make your home more energy efficient. Some actions you can take include sealing the leaks in the exterior walls, attic and roof; then adding insulation and installing insulated window shades. These and other projects will save money over the long haul and could even allow you to reduce the size (heat output) of your new furnace — smaller furnaces cost less.

1/9/2009 3:54:47 AM

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Victor C. Green
12/1/2008 6:46:57 PM

Your article does not address gas fired hot-water furnaces.

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