Most homes in the United States are heated with a furnace or a boiler, with the latter using hot air to warm up the house through a duct system. Therefore, water and steam-based heaters will not work with a furnace, but with a boiler. However, furnaces can tend to be very energy inefficient, driving up the price of your electric bill and being less friendly to the environment. At BC Express, we offer furnace service and furnace replacement to get your heating source back to working in tip-top condition before you know it. It’s our mission to get your furnace up and running as well as creating a solution that fits your lifestyle and budget. Let us know what your priorities are and we’ll work to make sure we can provide it for you. Call us for a free quote on our furnace repair services!
At BC Express, not only do we repair furnaces, but we can also retrofit them so they are more energy efficient. Efficiency of energy is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). High-efficiency electric furnaces have almost no energy loss at 90-98.5% AFUE, but they can be expensive due to the high price of electricity. Retrofitting may include gas or oil-fired furnaces, as well as upgrading duct work and installing programmable thermostats. Our professionals at BC Express can guide you through the often confusing process of retrofitting your furnace. We can work to make sure that your new furnace will be efficient and cost-effective in the years to come.
If you live in an old house that hasn’t been repaired lately, your furnace could be running at an efficiency as low as 56%. If you choose to upgrade your furnace, your new furnace can operate up to 98.5% efficiency. With that said, the argument for switching out an old for a new furnace is an easy one. Before you decide to go for heating repair and/or furnace replacement, however, make sure you’ve made changes around your home, such as improving your insulation in your floors, windows, walls, roof and ceiling. These small changes make sense if you’re planning to stay in your home for a long period of time because if your home is properly insulated, you’ll need a lot less heat to keep your home warm and vice versa. If efficiency is important to you, ask us for our ENERGY STAR options.
If your furnace was installed almost thirty years ago, then the likelihood is that you’re the owner of an obsolete furnace. The United States Department of Energy required, in 1992, that all new furnaces needed to run on a minimum of 78% efficiency. Then in 2013, the figure was raised to 80%. Generally speaking, the newer your model is, the more energy efficient it is. When you know that the best furnaces convert 98.5% of energy into heat, it makes complete sense to be on top of what kind of furnace you have. Upgrading to a newer model can pay for itself with all the savings you can expect on your monthly electric bills.
Let us help you get the most out of your furnace. Call us!