05 Jan Denver Heating Equipment Selection: The Important Factors to Consider
With Denver residents’ heavy dependence on their furnace during the last couple of winter months, it’s highly likely that they may begin to notice some efficiency issues here and there as the days go by.
Before saying “Sayonara!” to an existing furnace, however, homeowners should first make an assessment of their household’s required heating capacity and fuel or power source so they can decide on a suitable replacement option. If homeowners decide to go with a gas-burning unit, they should first study the market since costs of oil, gas, and other fossil fuels tend to fluctuate depending on conditions.
At this time, homeowners choosing Denver heating equipment that runs on natural gas could be the most economical option of all. While natural gas prices have plummeted significantly in Colorado and majority of the country, however, some insiders stress that the price drop can be due to low demand since the country is experiencing a generally mild winter this year compared to last year.
Meanwhile, an electric furnace can also be a wise option for Denver households. The average electricity rate for residential properties in Denver is 6.99 percent less than the national average rate of 11.88 cents per kilowatt-hour.
Fuel or power costs, of course, are not the only thing to consider when selecting a new HVAC in Denver since homeowners should also consider how well the new system utilizes natural gas or electricity to produce the much-needed heat.
For gas-burning heating devices, for example, the efficiency is gauged through its annual fuel utilization efficiency or AFUE rating, which is indicated by a percentage. Recommended AFUE ratings are between 80 percent and 98 percent. By law, however, manufacturers are allowed to produce gas furnaces bearing a low AFUE rating of 78 percent. Still, homeowners should set their mind on buying a new unit with at least 97 percent AFUE, which is near-total efficiency.
The same AFUE rating system applies to electric-powered heating units as well, although the recommended AFUE is between 95 to 100 percent and not less than that.
When Denver homeowners decide to buy a new heater, they must first take into account power or fuel costs and energy efficiency ratings. Once these are evaluated, they can choose the most suitable one for their household. When installing the new unit, however, it’s best for them to turn to experienced HVAC contractors like Total Plumbing.
(Source: What to Know Before Replacing a Furnace, homeguides.sfgate.com)