Higher Efficiency – AFUE Furnace Ratings

Boone Furnace InstallationCold weather is here in Boone and your furnace is working hard to keep temperatures comfortable and warm. Or is it time for a new heating system? If you are in the market for a furnace, there are many energy efficient furnaces available from Mountaineer Heating & Cooling. Furnaces have an AFUE (annual fuel-utilization-efficiency) rating ranging from 78% to over 95%. This rating is a ratio of useful energy output to energy input. A higher AFUE rating will result in lower energy bills in your home or office. The new high efficiency furnaces are attractive because higher AFUE’s are better for the environment and they allow for cost savings on energy bills. When comparing furnaces, Consumer Reports offers the following information about higher AFUE’s:

“A furnace with a 90 percent AFUE can cost a bit more than a similarly sized unit with an 80 percent AFUE. However, that additional cost can generally be recouped in lower fuel bills over the lifetime of the furnace.”

(In fact, in the Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk and surrounding areas, this difference is often recouped in only a few years!)

Due to the winter climate in the mountains, furnaces with AFUE ratings over 95% are recommended in the Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk and all areas of the High Country. Mountaineer Heating & Cooling provides comprehensive installation and furnace check up’s in the counties of Watauga, Avery, Ashe, Wilkes, and other areas of NC as well as Carter and Johnson counties of TN. Our HVAC service team will help you to become energy efficient in your home and business. In addition to an energy efficient furnace installation or a seasonal furnace tune-up, what are some other ways to increase energy efficiency in your home? We have a few suggestions:

  • Evaluate and inspect your ductwork for leaks and seal them up quickly.
  • Maintain a lower than normal thermostat setting to save money and reduce LP and natural gas emissions.
  • Use heavy curtains to block cold windows and warm up chilly rooms.

Through the lifetime of your furnace, we offer furnace repairs and maintenance to ensure that your furnace is running at peak performance. Annual seasonal furnace maintenance is highly recommended to avoid system malfunctions and to locate problems before they become greater, more costly repairs. Our team of certified technicians will assist you with all of you heating and cooling needs. Contact us at 828-264-6625 today to find out more about our furnace installation, maintenance and HVAC repair services.