A heightened concern for environmental sustainability, coupled with the ever-present desire of homeowners to cut back on their energy costs, has resulted in the development and manufacture of increasingly efficient furnaces and air conditioning systems. If you are curious to find out how the efficiency of a furnace is measured, continue reading below.
Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) Rating
A furnace’s AFUE rating is a reflection of its thermal efficiency not at peak performance but throughout the course of the season. It is determined by measuring the output a machine generates on 100 British Thermal Units
What a Higher Efficiency Rating Means
A higher efficiency rating means that a higher concentration of the heat generated by your furnace’s fuel during combustion is transferred to your home via your HVAC system. In general, the most efficient systems are also those in highest demand.
AFUE Ratings and Energy Savings
Does a high AFUE rating translate directly into energy savings? Not necessarily. Depending on the price of various fuels in your area, a natural gas furnace with an AFUE rating of 80 may be more cost-effective than an all-electric heating system with an AFUE rating of 95. Your HVAC replacement professional can help you determine what type of furnace would provide you with the best value based on a combination of its AFUE rating and short- and long-term trends in fuel prices.
At Estes Heating and Cooling Services in Atlanta, we know the ins and outs of heating systems. Regardless of whether you are looking for the most efficient heating system or the furnace that will yield the greatest energy savings, we can install and maintain it for you. To speak with one of our experienced HVAC repair and replacement professionals , call Estes Heating and Air Conditioning at (404) 361-6560.
Odorless, colorless, and tasteless, carbon monoxide (CO) is truly a silent killer. While annual inspections and routine maintenance of your home’s natural gas appliances will reduce the likelihood that you will be exposed to carbon monoxide , there is no way to eliminate this risk entirely. Thankfully, there are a handful of things you can do to keep any exposure you may have to a minimum and ensure that no one living under your roof suffers from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Install a CO Detector
The surest way to protect your household from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning is to install a CO detector in your home. After having a highly rated CO monitor or detector installed in your home, change its batteries regularly and check to ensure that it is in good working order once a month.
Check Pilot Light Frequently
When burning properly, a natural gas furnace pilot light is at least 80% blue. A flame that is dominated by yellow light is an indicator that your furnace is likely producing CO gas. Check the pilot light once a week during the heating season to ensure that it is burning properly
Educate Yourself About CO Poisoning
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to those of the common flu. Dizziness, headache, fatigue, and nausea are all common symptoms, and they tend to grow worse with the length and degree of exposure. Be aware of these symptoms, and seek the help of a medical professional if you suspect that someone in your home may have been exposed to carbon monoxide for a prolonged period of time. Left untreated, serious cases of CO poisoning can be deadly.
While rare, carbon monoxide poisoning should be taken very seriously. To speak with an Atlanta HVAC expert about having a high-quality CO detector installed in your home or arrange to have your home’s HVAC system serviced or inspected, call Estes Heating and Cooling Services at (404) 361-6560.
Smog and other forms of outdoor air pollution have been hot news topics of late, but indoor air pollution is a concern as well. When the quality of air in an enclosed space in which you spend the majority of your time is poor, your health will be adversely affected.
To learn more about the health risks posed by air that is polluted with dust, pollen, toxic fumes, or carbon monoxide, watch this brief video clip. In addition, Dr. Steven Hays of the California Pacific Medical Center discusses signs of poor air indoor quality and easy, inexpensive ways in which you can monitor and improve the air in your home.
Regular cleaning and maintenance of your HVAC system and its parts is essential to preventing indoor air pollution from building up in your home. To speak with an experienced air conditioning service professional about repairing or replacing your air conditioner or installing a carbon monoxide detector in your Atlanta home, call Estes Heating and Cooling Services at (404) 361-6560.
Small or slow leaks from appliances and plumbing can cause significant water damage over time, ruining walls, ceilings, flooring, cabinetry, and other décor. Ever-present moisture can also attract pests or mold into your home. A water alarm detects moisture indicative of leaks long before enough water is present to cause significant damage. Early detection of leaks can reduce the cost of repairs by alerting you to problems when they are small. Because even slow leaks cause an increase in your monthly water bill, a water alarm will also save you money by detecting leaks you might not find on your own. These alarms provide peace of mind while protecting your home and belongings from damage.
Water alarms can be placed near water sources such as sinks, drains, sump pumps, washers, and water heaters to detect moisture and leaks. If you’d like to learn more or purchase a water alarm for your home, contact Estes Heating and Cooling Services today by calling (404) 361-6560. Check us out on the web to find out more about the plumbing and HVAC accessories and products we offer.