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Your Guide to High-Efficiency Furnaces

Homeowners focused on reducing energy costs are discovering that high-efficiency furnaces are one way they can reduce their utility bills while reducing their impact on the environment. This guide will give you a good idea of the different types of high-efficiency furnaces available and how Milton Frank Plumbing & Cooling is your best source for installation, maintenance, and service.


Definition of a High-Efficiency Furnace


Efficiency is measured by how much you can get out of something with the least amount of effort. A high-efficiency furnace provides the highest amount of heat output while using the least amount of energy. Keeping your home warm without using as much energy keeps your utility bills down!


Furnace performance is measured as Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). AFUE compares the amount of fuel used with the amount of energy created to heat your home. An older furnace may have had a rating of less than 80 percent. A newer, high-efficiency furnace will often operate above 95 percent. Only five percent of the fuel needed to power the furnace would be wasted. Look at the AFUE rating on a high-efficiency furnace as a guide to how much you can save on energy costs.


Fuel Types


Furnaces operate using oil, natural gas, propane, and electricity. Electricity is generally considered to achieve the highest AFUE ratings. Propane and natural gas have similar characteristics with the exception that propane has higher energy content than natural gas. Home heating oil typically costs more than natural gas or electricity, but the initial costs for the furnace often are lower.

You have many options for high-efficiency furnaces. The professionals at Milton Frank Plumbing & Cooling will guide you through selecting which is best for your house and budget. We have 35 years of experience working with our neighbors in the Spring, TX area and look forward to working with you!