When it’s time to replace your Charlottesville, VA, home’s furnace, it’s wise to choose one that’s energy-efficient. The newest generation of furnaces offers many high-tech features that boost efficiency and enhance temperature control, including variable-speed motors. Also called a fully modulating furnace, these home heating systems offer many advantages for your comfort, budget, and health.
Lower Heating Bills
One of the top reasons to invest in fully modulating furnaces is lower heating bills. These furnaces operate at less than 60% capacity most of the time, so they don’t use as much fuel to heat your home. They perform fewer but longer heating cycles. The startup of a heating cycle consumes the most energy, so fewer startups also lowers your heating costs. According to Energy Star, these furnaces offer 95% annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings, which lower your heating bills by 15% or more.
Fully modulating furnaces adjust the burner’s flame. This allows the heating system to maintain your home’s temperature within 0.5 to 1 degree of the temperature setting on your thermostat. Other furnaces cause temperature swings of 3 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit, which can be uncomfortable. Fully modulating furnaces also eliminate the annoying hot or cold spots that can develop in your home.
Better Air Filtration and Noise Reduction
A fully modulating furnace pushes a lower volume of air through your vents for a longer period of time. The lower air volume allows the filter to trap more particles, leading to better air quality in your home. You’ll breathe easier, and you may catch fewer colds. When the furnace operates at low and moderate speeds, it makes less noise. The lower noise level makes it easier for you to rest and sleep at night.
To learn more about the advantages of investing in a fully modulating furnace, take a look at Valley Air Heating, Cooling & Plumbing’s heating system installations, or contact us today for additional info.