Spring is just around the corner and you’re probably looking forward to transitioning from using your furnace to using your air conditioner. If part of the reason why has to do with feeling dissatisfied with your furnace’s performance, you may be due for furnace installation in Nashville, TN.
Although no one looks forward to the day when their furnace finally gives out and needs to be replaced, the good news is that today’s furnaces are much more energy efficient than models from just 5 years ago.
In fact, homeowners have never had so many exciting and eco-friendly options for heating their homes. Today’s heating systems are not only designed to be energy efficient but they’re being also made with your home comfort in mind. Let’s take a look at the options for furnace replacement.
Gas and Electric Furnaces
The central furnace remains a popular, tried-and-true option for heating a home. When it comes to selecting a gas furnace for your home, one thing to consider is its AFUE rating. AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency and it indicates how much fuel it can convert into usable heat. For example, a furnace with an 80% AFUE rating means that 80 cents of every dollar will go to heating your home and 20 cents will be wasted.
Today’s modern furnaces rate as high as 98% AFUE. For homeowners who want an extremely eco-friendly option, choosing a furnace with a high AFUE rating is a solid choice. But because of our short heating season and mild winters, Nashville homeowners can heat their homes quite comfortably with low- to mid-range efficiency, making furnaces a cost-friendly solution.
Electric furnaces are another option. Although the cost of electricity can be higher than that of gas, electric systems do not lose any heat generated by flue gases, making them very energy efficient.
Heat pumps are 2-in-1 systems that provide both heating and cooling. If your air conditioner is also nearing the end of its lifespan, a heat pump is a great choice. You’ll kill two birds with one stone while boosting your home comfort levels year-round.
Heat pumps are gaining popularity across the US and they’re particularly well suited to our climate in Tennessee. In extremely cold climates, a heat pump’s performance can suffer, but we don’t have to worry about that here.
Ductless mini splits are a type of heat pump that provides amazing zone control, allowing homeowners to pinpoint the exact temperature of just about every room in the house. With an air handler in each room, you can choose to heat and cool only certain rooms of your home. This is an ideal option for people who work from home or stay-at-home parents.
Another 2-in-1 system is the geothermal heating and cooling system. Geothermal systems tap into the Earth’s consistent temperature, harnessing the very energy right below your home. An underground loop system contains a special antifreeze solution so that even on freezing-cold days, the system will not be impacted.
When it’s time for furnace replacement, rest assured that your new system will bring you unparalleled home comfort levels.
At Covenant Heating and Cooling, we are “Dedicated to the Promise of Serving You.” Contact us today for furnace installation.