Portland, Ore. (PRWEB) May 07, 2013
This spring, homeowners are looking for ways to “Go Green” with energy efficient solutions. Jacobs Heating and Air Conditioning, a Portland HVAC company, recommends new residential gas furnace systems to produce energy savings, reduce greenhouse gasses and decrease utility bills.
Proper heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are important to maintaining a comfortable and healthy environment for residences. Collectively, these systems account for about 50 percent of all electricity used in a home. If the rooms are too hot or too cold, there is excessive humidity or dust, HVAC equipment needs frequent repair, energy bills are going up or the heating and cooling equipment is more than 10 years old, it is time for a change.
“Replacing your old HVAC units with new, energy-efficient models is a great start, but to make sure that you get the best performance, the new equipment must be properly installed,” said Brent Jacobs, President of Jacobs Heating and Air Conditioning. “Improper installation can reduce efficiency by up to 30 percent and also shorten the equipment's lifespan.”
Gas furnaces are generally rated by Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE), which demonstrates how much energy is being converted to heat. For example, an AFUE of 90 means that 90 percent of the fuel is being used to warm your home, while the other 10 percent escapes as exhaust with the combustion gases. New models, such as the Carrier Infinity® 98 Modulating Gas Furnace with Greenspeed™ Intelligence, boast a 98.5 percent AFUE, the highest you can buy in the market today with the smallest amount of greenhouse emissions.
Older furnaces, typically with AFUE between 65 to 80 percent, lose or waste heat, which then requires more energy to keep your home warm. In houses where heating units are kept in the basement or against an outside wall, the cold draft can also mean lost heat through the furnace cabinet. Today, energy efficient furnaces reduce this heat escape by adding a blanket of insulation inside the cabinet walls.
Most gas furnaces also send a steady draft of warm air throughout the ventilation system and out the roof by allowing the hot air to rise naturally. In newer furnace models, even this small amount of heat is pulled into the heat exchanger at a constant flow, keeping the valuable warm air inside the system until it’s called to use.
Significant tax credits are available to homeowners from the state and federal government for the purchase and installation of a high-efficiency heating unit. For heating equipment purchased and placed in service between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013, gas and oil furnaces with at least 95 percent AFUE can earn $150 in credit, taken out of personal income tax liability for Federal taxes. Various Oregon state tax credits are also accessible.
“A high-efficiency furnace generally wears a higher price tag upfront, but it can make up the difference by reducing operating costs over the long run,” adds Jacobs. “Homeowners should weigh costs of the various furnaces against their price and features, as well as environmental considerations.”
About Jacobs Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.
Operating out of Southeast Portland, Jacobs HVAC (CCB #1441) offers residential and commercial customers the best in heating and air conditioning equipment, installation and repair. Since 1952, Jacobs has provided solutions for energy conservation and reduction, backed by the company’s extensive experience and expertise. The local HVAC company offers heat pumps, furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters, fireplace inserts and more. Jacobs is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer and a Daikin 3D Network dealer, as well as a trade ally of the Energy Trust of Oregon. For more information, visit http://www.jacobsheating.com.