Los Angeles is having a real, extended winter with temperature (gasp) below 50 degrees on a regular basis. This means heating your home and having an energy efficient furnace are critical for your comfort and your wallet.
How old is your furnace? Unless you replaced it recently, the likelihood is the furnace was installed before you purchased the home. If you’re lucky, the owner’s manual will provide the year of your furnace model, or alternatively, you can call the number on the unit and provide the model to find out its age.
At EnergyStar.Gov, it’s recommended to replace your furnace if it is more than 15 years old with an ENERGY STAR qualified furnace, which is 15% more efficient than a conventional furnace.
How efficiently a furnace converts gas into heat is reflected in its annual fuel-utilization-efficiency (AFUE) rating, which is measured as a percentage. Consumer Reports indicate that furnaces from the 1970s are about 65% efficient. Laws require new furnaces meet an almost 80% minimum efficiency with some newer units getting AFUE ratings as high as 98%.
If your furnace has become unnecessarily noisy, requires more frequent repairs, energy bills have been increasing or your home is heating unevenly, it is likely a good time for an evaluation of your current furnace and heating system.
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