There are a number of reasons why high-efficiency furnaces are worth the money. High-efficiency furnaces cost more at first, but you will experience significant savings in utility bills and an increase in your home’s comfort.

A high-efficiency gas furnace is often referred to as a condensing furnace. Unlike traditional furnaces, this heating system has a second heat exchanger that captures additional heating energy before the furnace will exhaust gases and this additional heat outside through PVC pipes.

If you’re not convinced yet, here are seven reasons to replace your old furnace with a high-efficiency furnace!

1. Reduced Energy Bills

One of the main advantages high-efficiency furnaces provide is lower energy bills. The high-efficiency rating means these heating systems use less fuel to heat your home, potentially saving thousands on energy costs in the long run.

Gas furnaces have a fuel utilization efficiency, AFUE, rating. This means annual fuel utilization efficiency. It measures how well your furnace uses natural gas for making heat. The greater the ranking, the more usable heat you’ll get and the more efficient it will be.

2. Better Comfort

A high-efficiency gas furnace is designed to provide comfortable heat during all weather conditions and in particularly cold climates. The most efficient gas furnaces often will have two heat exchangers, a sealed combustion chamber and a variable-speed blower. Instead of turning on high constantly, the furnace can operate at a lower speed when needed and deliver more usable heat at more consistent temperatures. This also means it will use less natural gas.

3. Reduced Noise

A high-efficiency gas furnace is generally much quieter than standard furnaces because it doesn’t have to work as hard or burn as hot to heat your home. This is particularly helpful for those who need a quiet setting for sleeping or studying. If you’re worried about quiet operation, a two-stage furnace creates less noise because it can run at a lower speed.

4. Higher Indoor Air Quality

High-efficiency gas furnaces are made with increased levels of air filtration to capture pollutants before they can pollute your air, which is particularly useful for those who live in areas that have high concentrations of dust and other impurities.

5. Eco-Friendly Design

High-efficiency furnaces are an green solution for heating your home. They have a high energy efficiency rating that saves on natural gas fuel expenses while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

6. Savings Through Rebates

Purchasing a high-efficiency furnace may make you eligible for extra rebates, especially if you choose one that’s ENERGY STAR® certified. A gas furnace that’s earned this qualification must reach high standards for natural gas-to-heat use.

These annual fuel utilization efficiency standards include:

  • 95% AFUE or higher for northern climates
  • 90% AFUE or greater for southern climates

In addition to the additional rebates and the great comfort your furnace delivers, you’ll enjoy lower energy costs throughout its lifetime.

7. Peak Performance When Combined with Smart Thermostats

Most homeowners have a programmable thermostat for their gas furnace but have no idea how to use it. A 192-person study published by the Energy Research and Social Science journal found:

  • 42% didn’t know how to use the thermostat.
  • 14% didn’t know where to find the settings.
  • 25% know where the settings are but didn’t know how to change them.

With a smart thermostat, you won’t have to be wondering about keeping your home at an energy-efficient temperature. Your thermostat will find out your temperature preferences and make energy savings for your higher efficiency gas furnace.

Because many smart thermostats are ENERGY STAR qualified, utility companies frequently offer generous rebates. Here’s how you can get a smart thermostat for free (or close to it).

Get Your Free Estimate Today for a High-Efficiency Furnace

A high-efficiency furnace will help you spend less money on natural gas costs. If it also comes with rebates to balance out the preliminary cost, why not take advantage and upgrade your old furnace? We’re here to respond to any questions you have about a new heating system, furnace efficiency and sorting through higher efficiency models. Give us a call today at 402-509-5940 for a free estimate appointment for your new furnace. We’ve been providing furnace installation in Omaha and surrounding locations since {year}, and we’re pleased to be the company your neighbors and friends depend on.