When your Rehoboth Beach, DE, home needs a new heating system, energy efficiency should be one of your top priorities. Energy-efficient heating systems cost less to operate, so you’ll save money every month of the winter season. Here are some important facts to know about the energy efficiency of electric furnaces.
Electric Furnace AFUE Ratings
The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers developed a rating system called the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating for all furnaces. It measures the furnace’s efficiency at converting input energy into output heat. All electric furnaces have an AFUE of 100%. Gas furnaces have AFUE ratings ranging from 60% in older systems to 97% in the most efficient new systems.
No Heat Loss Through Flues
Electric furnaces don’t use the process of combustion to produce heat. Instead, they use electrical current to heat wires. The blower pushes air across the hot wires, which absorbs the heat. The heated air is pushed into your home’s ducts. With no combustion byproducts, electric furnaces don’t require a flue. Up to 30% of the heat created by a gas furnace is lost to flue gases.
Energy-Efficient Electric Furnace Features
Many manufacturers incorporate additional energy-efficient features into their electric furnaces. One is the variable-speed motor. This type of motor uses modulated or automated controls to sense the right speed for the blower. It operates at the lowest necessary speed, which reduces wear and tear and energy use. Another energy-efficient feature is compatibility with smart thermostats. These thermostats use geofencing to time the start of heating cycles and minimize heating cycles when you’re away from home. This also lowers energy use and saves you money.
SABRS Home Comfort, LLC is Rehoboth Beach’s trusted installation team for electric furnaces. We’re also here to provide you with cost-effective heating and air conditioning maintenance, repair, and installation services. Our indoor air quality services are designed to keep your home’s air clean and healthy. For more details about the energy efficiency of electric furnaces, give us at SABRS Home Comfort, LLC a call today.