Prevent Furnace Repair Calls and Costs with Furnace Maintenace

Our technician explains why its important to get your heating and air conditioning equipment maintenance done every year to ensure your furnace or air conditioner is operating efficiently and properly – saving you money and hassles during the cold and hot months of the year.

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What’s the Difference Between 80% and 90% Efficiency Furnaces?

Lets look at the differences in the two furnaces:

When you look at a Furnace you will see their ratings measured by their AFEU. (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) Which Represents how much energy your furnace actually uses to heat your home and how much gets wasted. So basically an 80% efficiency furnace only heats 80% where as a 90% heats 90% of your home. While both heat your home that extra 10% really does make a difference in your home and your budget.
Another major difference between the two furnaces is how they are vented. The 80% efficiency furnace has a higher exhaust temp so it must be vented through a chimney via chimney liner. Where as a 90% efficiency furnace has a lower exhaust temp and are normally vented through PVC Pipe and are placed along side your home.

So if you happen to be in need or possibly thinking of switching your furnace don’t make it a horrible experience. 90% of your heat used efficiently, hassle free installation, and lower heating costs or 80% heat used, complicated install, and higher heating bills. This is one of those instances where bigger really is better, for your home and your pockets!

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Top Rated Gas Furnaces

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

Heat Pump

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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Houston Furnace Repair Service Special

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Heating Repair Houston – Furnace Repair Special

We are offering free trip charges* to Houston customers who need to repair or service any home furnace or boiler heating system in the month of October!

Let our trained HVAC furnace repair experts get your furnace, boiler or home heating system running to way its supposed to run with our great fall deals on all furnace, boiler and heating systems repair or maintenance specials.

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Is It Time to Replace your Furnace?

Thinking about Replacing your Furnace?

Fuel costs are real crazy these days, thanks in part to Hurricane Katrina unfortunately. For the most part though, gas is competitively priced, so it don’t make much sense to switch to oil or electricity. Standard 80% furnaces are already pretty efficient, but not as good as the best condensing-type gas furnaces, which capture up to 97 percent of the fuel’s energy. If your furnace were old and worn out, your decision would be easy—buy a more efficient model—but the average life of a well-maintained furnace is 25 years, so make sure you keep up with your furnace maintenance to keep it running as long and as efficiently as possible.

If you did replace your furnace with a 97 percent efficient system, you’d cut your heating bills around 20 percent. To see if it’s worth spending the money, add up the fuel bills for last winter—your gas utility will have records—then multiply that sum by 20 percent. Divide that figure into the cost of buying and installing the new system, about $3,000 or so, and you’ll see how many years it will take to recoup your investment.

Depending on the size of your house,  you’ll see a payoff  soon, even if you add 50 percent to last year’s bills to account for this winter’s projected increase in natural gas costs. Of course, every dollar that gas prices go up will shorten the payback time, but prices could also fall and lengthen the payback.  Anytime you increase the efficiency of your home heating system its always going to provide benefits.

If you decide to wait on replacing the furnace there are ways to reduce the heating load. Ask your utility company to perform an energy audit. That will probably uncover some relatively inexpensive upgrades, such as new weatherstripping or added insulation. Also, ask the company that maintains your furnace about ways to improve its performance. For instance, you might be able to replace a standard pilot light with electronic ignition or seal the joints in your ductwork. These minor improvements will help reduce heating costs and make you more comfortable without draining your bank account.

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