October, 2012

Best Furnace Options 2012


Wayne Krasnow
Your HVAC Expert

So Which Heating System best fits your needs? It’s Your Choice…

High Efficiency Furnaces and Boilers…
Today’s High-Efficiency Heating Equipment is designed to produce more heat while burning less fuel and using less electricity. An older heating system (12 years or more) wastes up to 30% of its heat up the chimney and only uses about 70% to heat your home. The newer High Efficient models are up to 99% efficient. The newer heating equipment is manufactured with many safety controls to keep your family safe and your average annual heating cost can be dramatically reduced.

Hybrid-Heat is Heat-Pump Technology combined with a High-Efficiency Furnace for greater savings… (Hybrid-Heat = The Future of Home Comfort)
A Heat Pump is an all-in-one system that will both heat and cool your home. When combined with a High-Efficiency Furnace, the total energy savings can exceed 30%. A Heat Pump would take place of your outside A/C unit and you can still use your existing hot air furnace or invest in a new high efficient one (Oil, Gas or LP). The cheapest and perhaps safest way to heat your home is with a Hybrid-Heat system.
How it works: A Hybrid-Dual fuel heat system combines the best features of two different types of equipment. During milder winter weather, the heat pump transfers heat from the outside air, rather than creating it. During most of the winter, the heat pump operates with extreme efficiency and costs less to heat your home than a fossil fuel furnace. During severe winter weather, when the heat pump’s capacity drops because of low outdoor temperature (below 350F), the forced air furnace takes over AUTOMATICALLY to provide constant heating comfort. You won’t even notice when it switches over. You’ll just notice lower energy bills.
Switching over to Natural Gas or Propane… EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE GAS ON YOUR STREET!
You may be eligible to get a FREE gas line brought to your home, if natural gas lines are in your neighborhood. Call me and I will do all of that research for you.
If natural gas is NOT in your neighborhood, you do not have to wait. A Propane (LP) tank can be installed (usually FREE of charge) and you can start enjoying the benefits of other gas appliances too. But Don’t Hesitate… due to the rising cost of home heating oil and high demand for gas, you can wait about 6 weeks for a hook-up! So get rid of that smelly, expensive oil and all of the headaches that go with it.
Today’s Natural Gas and LP heating systems are equipped with many safety controls that will protect your family and your home, while saving you money on your heating bills.
So get rid of that smelly heating oil… go GREEN not BLACK!

Ductless Heat Pumps…
Mini splits have no ducts, so they avoid the energy losses associated with the ductwork of central forced air systems. Duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space such as an attic.
Ductless, mini-split-system heat pumps make good retrofit add-ons to houses with “non-ducted” heating systems (hot water heating systems.) They can also be a good choice for room additions where extending or installing ductwork is not feasible. The main advantages of mini splits are their small size and flexibility for zoning individual rooms. Ductless Heat Pumps can have as many as four indoor air-handling units connected to one outdoor unit. The number depends on how much heating or cooling is required for each room. Each of the zones has its own thermostat, so you only need to condition occupied spaces. This will save you money on your energy bills while keeping you comfortable in every room of your home.

I know that heating systems can be complex in terms of installation. The installation process of a furnace or boiler may seem simple, but in reality requires many skills all bunched up into the HVAC profession; such as, high voltage electrical, low voltage electrical, carpentry, plumbing, roofing, refrigeration and… oh yeah, a CODE OF ETHICS!
A furnace or boiler is a big-ticket item. Expect to invest anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 to replace your old heating system. And if the new one is installed properly, you will enjoy it for the next 20+ years!
There are Rebates available to you:
Utility: You can receive up to $500 for qualifying equipment.
Manufacturer: You can receive up to $1,000 for qualifying equipment.
So what is “Qualifying Equipment”? Qualifying Equipment means higher efficiency equipment. The more efficient, the higher the rebate.