We’ve heard about it. We’ve braced for it. And now that winter is here, we’ve already experienced the first wave of sticker shock with our heating bills.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the cost of heating homes will rise by 54% this winter due to an anticipated cold season and an increase in fuel costs. In particular, natural gas prices are expected to skyrocket by 30%, and electricity costs are expected to jump by 6%.
MTB Mechanical reminds you that while fuel prices aren’t in your control, one thing is: the efficiency of your heating system. You can begin with an assessment by a heating professional, and any repairs that improve efficiency. But if you have an older unit, or one that has been performing inconsistently, now may be the time to consider a replacement. On average, a furnace lasts between 15 and 20 years. And with this kind of mileage, a quality furnace equals a smart long-term investment.
Furnaces are rated by the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency ratio (AFUE), which is the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel consumed. An older gas furnace could waste up to 45% of the heat it generates. But today’s furnaces can operate at as much as 97% AFUE, which means instant cost savings in operation.
Efficiency can be based on the proper sizing of a system, and one size does not fit all. MTB’s comfort specialists are happy to meet with you to discuss your individual needs and concerns. We take a scientific approach to the many factors that determine if the system is sized correctly for your home and your family, including the square footage, the quality of the insulation in ceilings and walls, the thickness of windows, the number of people living in the home, and more. Looking for every opportunity to improve efficiency, we’re here to make a difference – to your comfort as well as your wallet.