When a system has air leaks, is poorly installed or is just outdated, it won’t have the efficiency rating that newer models have. Many people won’t realize the savings they could have if they would install a new system. For example, if you have a basic, old, 80% efficiency gas furnace installed, for every dollar spent on heating, 10 cents is lost in vent pipes as burned up gas. If your air ducts are not properly sealed, you might lose 20-30% of your heated air on top of that, which means you are now wasting up to 40 cents of every dollar you spend! If your attic isn’t properly insulated, the heat you do have remaining is quickly lost through that attic, making your furnace run longer and increasing your energy usage as well as your bills. You’ll end up calling on our heating service in Elizabethtown a lot more frequently to resolve issues caused by old, inefficient systems.
If you were to have a new 98% efficiency gas furnace installed, instead of 20% of your heat lost in vent pipes, you would only lose 2%, or 2 cents of every dollar instead of 20 cents. With new sealed air ducts, you’d have a leakage rate of only 6% instead of 30%. Instead of losing almost half the money you spend on heating your home with an inefficient furnace, you would only lose about 8%! With a new furnace, you might enjoy 92 cents of every dollar going toward the actual heating of your home instead of 60 cents with an old, inefficient system.
While the above gives a simplified, general example of the differences in heating system costs, operations and efficiencies, it’s important to remember that there are many factors and variables that effect exactly how much money is lost or put toward actual heating. Some of these include the size of the furnace, having correctly sized ducts, whether or not a programmable thermostat is installed and used, variable speed capability, and others.
Contact our furnace repair service in Elizabethtown, PA at EC&S for an evaluation to determine how much you can save on your heating bills with a replacement central heating system. Call us or fill out our brief contact form today – we proudly serve Elizabethtown and all surrounding areas!