With many homeowners seeing energy bills that are higher than ever before, energy efficiency has become the number one concern of homeowners who are in the market for a new furnace. This is one of the reasons why each and every new furnace which is sold is assigned a fuel utilization efficiency rating. These ratings are designed to inform customers of the true energy efficiency of any particular furnace which they are considering.
One of the major draws of purchasing a York gas furnace is the incredibly high efficiency ratings that accompany these furnaces. The problem is, many customers do not truly understand the system which is used to rate these furnaces. For this reason, it can be incredibly difficult for a homeowner to appreciate the difference between a York gas furnace with a 95% fuel utilization rating, and another furnace model with a 90% rating. This is why I wanted to take just a few minutes to help you understand the fuel utilization rating of your York gas furnace.
In order to understand how this fuel efficiency rating works, you must first understand the basics of how your furnace works. All York gas furnaces work in essentially the same way. Natural gas is burned in order to produce heat, and then blowers are used to distribute that heat throughout your house. Unfortunately, this process can not be completed without producing some byproducts. These byproducts include carbon monoxide and other gases. Since these gases are dangerous for people to inhale, the byproducts of your heating system must be flushed from your house using a ventilation system. As a result, some of the fuel which you purchased to heat your home will also be flushed through that ventilation system.
The fuel utilization rating system which assigns an efficiency rating to your York gas furnace works by measuring how much fuel is actually used to heat your home, and how much fuel is wasted. Looking at the example that we discussed earlier, this would mean that a gas furnace with an efficiency rating of 95% would utilize $95 of every $100 in fuel in order to heat your home. Compared to a furnace with a 90% rating, this would save you $5 in wasted fuel every time you purchased $100 in fuel. Many homeowners find it difficult to justify spending a few thousand dollars more in initial costs in order to purchase a furnace which is slightly more efficient. After all, spending $3,000 in order to save $5 can be a a hard pill to swallow. The problem is, this logic fails to look at the savings that can be had over the entire life of the furnace. Considering the average American family spends more than $2,500 per year on heating costs, an increased energy rating of even 5% can easily save you far more over the life of your furnace than you will spend in initial cost.
If the York gas furnace which is currently installed in your home has a fuel utilization efficiency rating of below 80%, it may be time to start considering purchasing a new furnace. Even if your furnace is still in working order, the money that you are wasting due to low energy efficiency far outweighs the investment required to upgrade your furnace. In fact, you may even be able to offset the cost of your new furnace by applying for government grants and tax credits which are available to those individuals who replace a low efficiency furnace with a more efficient model. These programs are designed to help reduce the cost of installing a new furnace, while encouraging people to use less natural resources.