Today we were over on Federal Ave and E. Newton, just north of the U-District. We spent the day installing a new SLP98 Lennox Furnace. This is the most efficient and quietest furnace you can buy and they’ve been selling like crazy. Our customer was upgrading their furnace to take advantage of the Tax Rebates, receiving up to $1,500 in tax credits. If you are still interested in taking advantage of the energy tax rebates, there’s still time! The furnace we removed also had a cracked heat exchanger. The problem with a crack in the heat exchanger is that it can let combustion products into the air stream and could cause health problems.
In addition to installing the furnace, he added a Merv 16 Filter Media Cabinet , designed to work with your heating and cooling systems.
It cleans the air throughout the home, capturing up to 95% of fine particles-allergy-aggravating irritants that are easily inhaled deep into the lungs. It filters the return air, drawing air from home, circulating it then filters it before going into the furnace. This one product controls particles in every room in your home, with no cleaning required and no ozone emissions.
Rebates are given for furnaces with an AFUE of 95% or above. What does that mean? An AFUE of 95% means that 95% of the energy in the fuel becomes heat for the home. A furnace’s efficiency is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). The Federal Trade Commission requires new furnaces or boilers to display their AFUE so consumers can compare heating efficiencies of various models. The savings can be quite substantial as seen on this chart.
You can identify and compare a system’s efficiency by not only its AFUE but also by its equipment features, listed below.
Old, low-efficiency heating systems:
- Natural draft that creates a flow of combustion gases
- Continuous pilot light
- Heavy heat exchanger
- 68%–72% AFUE
Mid-efficiency heating systems:
- Exhaust fan controls the flow of combustion air and combustion gases more precisely
- Electronic ignition (no pilot light)
- Compact size and lighter weight to reduce cycling losses
- Small-diameter flue pipe
- 80%–83% AFUE
High-efficiency heating systems:
- Condensing flue gases in a second heat exchanger for extra efficiency
- Sealed combustion
- 90%–97% AFUE
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