Most homeowners don’t replace the furnace until they experience a sudden breakdown that cannot be repaired at a reasonable price. This is never the best way to go about replacing the furnace because odds are you haven’t been putting money aside just in case this type of emergency happened to arise. Budget conscious homeowners can’t afford to find themselves in this sort of situation, but if you have a furnace in your home that is on its last leg and you don’t replace it this winter, you could find yourself in an even more stressful and expensive situation.
90% of Better AFUE Ratings
Last week, we looked at how condensing furnaces save energy by reusing the byproducts of combustion for additional heat for the home. This is great technology that will save you money on your energy bills, but purchasing a condensing furnace is more expensive initially than purchasing one of their non-condensing counterparts. These are the systems that are rated at 90% AFUE or greater and unless you have the extra money to spend, odds are you will settle for the more affordable but less efficient option. However, soon you will no longer have this option.
Get Your Non-Condensing Furnaces while They Last!
If your furnace is old and on its way out the door, replace your unit now in order to get a system that better fits within your budget. The northern states of the United States of America will no longer be able to sell non-condensing furnaces to homeowners. In an effort to make our country more energy efficient, a law passed by congress in 2007 made May of 2013 the last day where furnaces less than 90% efficient can be sold and installed. From that point on, 90% of higher AFUE furnaces will be the only option for homeowners living in these northern states.
Replace Your System Now!
The take away message here is that unless you want to pay hundreds more on your furnace replacement, you need to replace the system now. This is the last winter where non-condensing furnace will be available, and you could replace the system now and not have to deal with the law change for many years to come.