Assessing The Most Efficient Heating Systems

Choosing between a central furnace, a central heat pump, or a ductless mini-split will largely be dictated by your climate and the design of your home. But there are still some potential decisions to make that can determine how efficient your home heating is. Electric vs. Fuel Most furnaces are either electric or burn natural gas. If you’re replacing a system, you will typically stick with the connection you have unless there are incentives covering the cost of the switch. If you do have the choice, it can be a tough one. Electric is a cleaner fuel source, and electric furnaces are cheaper to purchase and install. Gas furnaces are cheaper to run on a monthly basis, however, and that lower expense results in gas furnaces being the cheaper option over the life of the equipment. AFUE AFUE is a heating efficiency rating used to compare furnaces, heat pumps, and other heating equipment. An 80 AFUE rating means that a furnace converts 80% of the fuel it burns into heat. For a furnace to earn the ENERGY STAR label, it must have an AFUE rating of at least 90. Programmable Thermostat A smart thermostat is integral to ensuring that your...

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