Renewable energy solutions have come to the forefront of many industries and this very same observation holds true in regards to heating solutions. In fact, this is even more relevant when we consider that Edmonton is considered to be one of the coldest cities within Canada. As a responsible homeowner, you must be familiar with the level of energy efficiency of your heating apparatus and the need for routine furnace service.
A Look at Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency
Otherwise known by the acronym AFUE, this reading is essentially a measure of how efficient a furnace utilises the fuel that it is supplied with. The most commonly used fuel types are natural gas, propane and oil. Although electrical consumption is not taken into account, it only stands to reason that units which are able to process fuel more efficiently will reduce heating costs and the overall carbon footprint of a home. This score is rated on a scale from 0 to 100 and the most modern units are generally provided with values above 95. These are commonly known as high-efficiency systems (a rating that is above 90).
How Do High-Efficiency Furnaces Function?
There are several features which tend to define modern furnaces and heating systems. First and foremost, they will contain a variable motor that does not run at “full throttle” whenever it is engaged. So, you will only be receiving the power that you need as opposed to literally wasting kilowatt hours of energy. Another aspect of high-efficiency furnaces is that they are more effectively able to control combustion gases so that they will not go to waste. Finally, energy-efficient furnaces are equipped with a second heat exchanger. This element will absorb even more heat that would otherwise simply be released in the form of exhaust gases. Not only will this provide you with greater levels of comfort, but the only by-products are steam and condensed water.
The Connection between Maintenance and Efficiency
The average Edmonton resident will most likely look for ways to reduce monthly energy bills. While the estimated current rates are $0.08 cents per kilowatt hour, such figures can quickly add up during the cold winter months when heat is required the most. Keeping up with maintenance ensures that the unit is well-maintained, reducing the strain on the furnace. This also ensures that the heating system will perform at optimum levels for its projected lifespan.
If you are serious about reducing your energy consumption at home, don’t hesitate to call reputable heating companies like Capital Plumbing & Heating Ltd. A qualified technician can give you viable options and more energy-saving solutions.
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