Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) December 21, 2012
With the arrival of the new year, significant changes will occur regarding standards for gas furnaces. As of May 2013, a law will go into effect that will change the minimum efficiency rating allowed for gas furnaces. While Gillece Services prepares to make the switch, they are currently upgrading customers’ furnaces before the new law is put into action.
The Department of Energy is responsible for the new furnace regulations, which are being regionally divided across the country. For Northern states, Pennsylvania being one, as of May 1, 2013, all HVAC professionals will be required by law to install gas furnaces with a minimum efficiency rating of 90%. The current minimum is 80%, which accounts for mid-efficiency furnaces. Furnaces with Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings of 90% and above are considered high-efficiency. Many HVAC companies will begin to weed out their mid-efficiency inventory to comply with the new standard as spring 2013 draws closer. In the meantime, Gillece Services has mid-efficiency models available for customers who have outdated low or mid-efficiency furnaces in their home.
The average furnace’s lifespan is about ten to twelve years. Many Gillece customers may find themselves needing a new furnace in the near future, which could mean having no choice but to upgrade to a high-efficiency furnace in or after May. High-efficiency furnaces are suggested to be the best option for replacement as far as energy savings, safety, and durability are considered, but many homeowners may wish to upgrade to a new, 80% AFUE furnace that is still available through Gillece. Compared to outdated models, current mid-efficiency models can save homeowners significant costs on heating bills while using less energy. Gillece can provide and install mid and high-efficiency furnaces depending on a customer’s preference before the new regulation is set.
Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency refers to energy consumed compared to heat produced by a furnace. Old furnaces may have AFUE ratings in the 60s or 70s, compared to mid-efficiency ranging in the mid to low 80s. Mid-efficiency furnaces have improvements such as a better heat exchanger, a draft fan, and electronic ignition instead of a pilot light, all of which increase efficiency. High-efficiency furnaces are additionally improved with better safety features. Gillece provides high efficiency furnaces with an AFUE as high as 98% for the best efficiency possible.
Gillece Services recommends furnace upgrades to their customers who have outdated equipment or are looking to install a new furnace in the future. Mid-efficiency models can provide homes with new and improved heating for at least ten years, and customers who need or are considering an upgrade are advised to do so before May arrives.
For over 30 years, Gillece has been the Pittsburgh area’s one-stop-shop for Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Waterproofing, Indoor Air Quality, and Water Quality services. Gillece serves Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
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For more information on the new efficiency standards, visit http://energy.gov/.