The basic principles of furnace technology have remained largely unchanged for a long time, but that doesn’t mean furnaces haven’t improved over the years. The heating industry is currently pushing the boundaries of energy efficiency and of smart home technology.
Here are a few tech trends that can help you save hundreds of dollars on your heating bills
- High-efficiency furnaces
Since 2010, Canadians are only allowed to install gas furnaces with annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) of 90 per cent or more. This means the furnace converts 90 per cent of the natural gas it uses into heat, so only 10 per cent of the fuel is lost as exhaust.
Every year, companies produce more efficient furnaces. Some boast 98 per cent AFUE. Keep in mind, however, that AFUE isn’t everything. Some electric furnaces have nearly 100 per cent AFUE, but if electricity costs more than natural gas, you won’t save as much money in the long run.
- Variable speed furnaces
Older furnaces have two settings: on and off. If the temperature dips, the furnace operates at full power and then turns off when the programmed temperature is attained. In addition to using a lot of energy, this approach puts a lot of strain on the system.
In contrast, variable speed furnaces can operate at several different speeds depending on the situation. This reduces energy consumption and the amount of stress on your system while ensuring a consistent temperature throughout your home. You’ll also save money on service calls, since this type of furnace has a longer lifespan.
- Hybrid furnaces
These systems combine a gas furnace and heat pump to provide a flexible, all-season climate control solution. During the summer, the heat pump functions like a typical air conditioning unit. When the temperature drops on a frigid winter day, the furnace ensures a comfortable indoor temperature. However, during the fall and on mild winter days, the heat pump takes over for the furnace because it uses less energy.
- Smart home integration
With the help of increasingly popular home automation systems, it’s easier than ever to monitor and control your furnace. You can use automated temperature controls and smartphone apps to ensure your system is operating efficiently and only when necessary.
Certified Furnace Professionals Near You
At East Side Ventilation, we provide furnace maintenance, installation and repair services for clients in the Winnipeg area. We also carry a wide range of high-efficiency furnaces. Contact us today to find out how we can help you save on your heating bill.