When you take care of the things that you own they can last much longer than originally expected. Cars that have regular oil changes and maintenance repairs can last well beyond the 200,000 mile marker, and furnaces that are cleaned and checked yearly can last beyond the typical 15 to 20 year lifespan most homeowners get. However, when it comes to furnaces, and cars for that matter, the older the unit is the less energy efficient it is with the fuel that it consumes.
Non-Condensing Furnaces Banned in the North!
Many furnaces that are greater than 15 years old are non-condensing furnaces that waste tons of energy during the combustion process. All of this waste lead to the passage of the Energy and Independence Act of 2007 which requires the replacement of all non-condensing furnaces come May 1st, 2013 in the northern states here in America. This law will soon be in effect, and if you have an old furnace in your home, replacing the system will require an upgrade to at least a 90% AFUE rated condensing furnace.
Saving Money and Out Planet!
Condensing furnaces do something that non-condensing furnaces don’t. They recycle! During the combustion process, moisture and gases are created. The traditional non-condensing furnaces would simply direct these wastes to the outdoors whereas the newer condensing furnaces put these wastes to good use. By condensing these byproducts of combustion, these furnaces are able to create more heat for the home and therefore use less fuel overall. This is a major benefit for two reasons:
- Decreased Emissions: By reusing the byproducts to create more heat, less energy is exhausted into the environment. This improves the environment by decreasing the amount of carbon emissions produced by your home.
- Increased Savings: By creating more heat with less fuel these furnaces also save the homeowner money on their energy bills. You can achieve the same level of comfort from one of these new systems while keeping more money in your pocket month after month.
Have a Condensing Furnace Installed this Winter
Although changes in the laws of the land can be frustrating, the end result is improvement for all. So when you fire up your non-condensing furnace this fall, consider having the system replaced sooner rather than later so you can start saving both money and our planet this winter!