90 percent AFUE Gas Condensing Furnace
High-efficiency gas furnace:
Replacing your old gas furnace with a high-efficiency condensing gas furnace with an AFUE rating of 95 percent will save money, experts say. Even an upgrade from an 80 percent AFUE furnace saves $8 or so for every $100 you spend on heating. Whether this savings is enough to offset the extra up-front cost will depend on factors such as climate, utility rates, the efficiency of your old equipment and the energy efficiency of your home. However, experts say that if you live in an area with harsh winters, such as the Northeast or the Midwest, a condensing furnace most likely will pay for itself over time.
Est. $2,250 and up, installed Estimated Price
80 percent AFUE Gas Furnace
Budget gas furnace:
If you live in a state with milder winters, an 80 percent AFUE furnace may be all you need. The initial cost and installment cost is much less than a furnace with an AFUE of greater than 90 percent, and experts say an 80 percent AFUE gas furnace is likely to be considerably more efficient than the older unit you’re replacing. However, the break-even period will depend on your gas rates and how they change over time.
Est. $1,350 and up, installed Estimated Price
Heating system for moderate climates:
Heat pumps may initially cost more than other heating systems to install, but reviewers say you’ll quickly make up the difference in energy savings. A heat pump runs on electricity and draws heat from the external air or from the ground, transferring warm air to cool air, and vice versa — in much the same way a refrigerator stays cold. As of 2014, geothermal heat pumps — which use the ground rather than outside air to provide heat and are considered to be the most efficient — still quality for a federal tax credit that includes installation costs. Heat pumps are best for moderate climates and might need to be used in conjunction with secondary heat sources, such as space heaters; they are not appropriate for areas with harsh winters, unless you have a high-performance home.
Est. $5,500 and up, installed Estimated Price
95 percent AFUE Boiler
High efficiency boiler:
Boilers heat water that is transferred to radiators, baseboard heaters or radiant floor systems throughout the home, thus providing heat circulation within a room. Hot water heating systems, also known as hydronic heating, are less common than forced air systems, but are the preferred form of heating system for many because this type of heat does not dry the air and circulates fewer airborne particles. Although this type of system is usually found in older homes, it’s becoming increasingly popular once again in new construction. As with furnaces, replacing an old, inefficient boiler with a new, high-efficiency unit can pay off very quickly, say experts. Boilers can be fueled by oil, gas or electricity, just as with other types of heating plants.
Est. $6,000 and up, installed Estimated Price
Radiant Floor Heating
Radiant floor heating:
Unless you have unlimited financial resources, it isn’t practical to replace your entire heating system with radiant floor heating, but installing radiant floor heating in a single, smaller room, such as a bathroom or kitchen, is becoming an increasingly popular option. Hydronic radiant heat systems bring heat up from the floor via hot water flowing through pipes; electric systems use cables built into the floor, or mats with electrically conducive plastics. Depending on your expertise, and the scope of the project, installing a radiant floor can be tackled by a professional here at Heating Repair Houston.
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