Why a Variable Capacity Gas Furnace or Heat Pump Are Good Options For Our Cold Climate
Variable capacity furnaces and heat pumps are a great long-term investment for those of us living in cold climates. They heat your home more efficiently, making it cozier with less energy. Though they cost more up front, variable capacity furnaces and heat pumps save you money in the long run by reducing energy costs.
What Makes a Variable-Capacity Gas Furnace Efficient?
A variable-capacity furnace has an AFUE as high as 98.2 percent. The way the furnace balances energy expenditure is similar to the way cruise control technology keeps your car at the desired speed while maintaining good fuel efficiency. It continually monitors external conditions and makes incremental adjustments based on the feedback it receives.
Unlike a standard furnace which expends heat until the home reaches the desired temperature, a variable-capacity model continually changes its fan speed, heat and airflow and refines its movements through a variable-speed motor. This allows the furnace to maintain temperature with less energy.
What Makes a Variable-Capacity Heat Pump Efficient?
A variable-capacity heat pump transfers heat energy from outside the home to the inside with minimal energy expenditure. Standard heat pumps lose efficiency once they meet the home’s target temperature because the subsequent change in refrigerant pressure must be equalized when the heat pump comes back on.
The re-equalization process demands a significant amount of energy. Variable-capacity heat pumps minimize or eliminate this energy loss by continually adjusting. It accomplishes this through the use of a variable-speed motor, switching capacities amongst two- or three-speed motors, or using a specially-designed compressor.
Why Are They Good for Our Climate?
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recommends high-efficiency furnaces for cold climates. They convert condensation, which standard models waste, into usable heat. This keeps your home warmer and more comfortable, and results in long-term savings on your energy bill.
Keep the temperature of your Fort Collins home in balance with the help of Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning. We provide clients with quality heating and air conditioning service and installation, free estimates and 24-hour emergency service. Contact them today for more information about efficient heating solutions.