Condensing vs. Conventional FurnacesMost homeowners in Yuba City have the same requirements for a heating system as the rest of the country—one that heats their home up quickly and doesn’t use a lot of costly energy. A condensing furnace is the solution to both of these needs, especially in a mild climate like ours. They have the highest efficiency rate of any type of furnace with an AFUE of 90%. AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, meaning it extracts as much heat as possible from the combustion process, something conventional furnaces are incapable of accomplishing. To understand why, let’s look at how each furnace works:
- Conventional furnaces: These produce warmth by quickly taking heat from the fuel that powers them and then exhausting the extra gasses made in the process through the flue or vent. This allows for a lot of heat energy to be released into the atmosphere because the heat from the gasses isn’t removed, so you lose some of the potential heat that could be cycled into your home.
- Condensing furnaces: Condensing furnaces work in almost the same way as conventional ones, but have a second heat exchanger that pulls the heat from the condensing gasses typically exhausted by conventional furnaces. Since they’re a little more unconventional, let’s use an unconventional analogy—the spaghetti colander. Conventional furnaces drain the water, ie. extract the heat, sure. But, like when you drain noodles in a colander, they’re still wet. A condensing furnace, then, is like dumping your noodles into a salad spinner to pull off all the excess water available. Condensing furnaces capture almost all the heat produced from both the fuel and the condensing gasses before releasing that heat into your home.
Advantages of Heating with a Condensing FurnaceWhile we may not live in blizzard country, we get enough cool, winter weather here in Yuba City to require some serious heating a couple months a year. So why not install the best furnace you can find? Whether you’re building a new home in Cresleigh Peaks or replacing an old furnace in your historic downtown building, choosing the right one for your space is critical. The top two reasons to choose a condensing furnace are:
- Increased Comfort: Condensing furnaces heat more quickly, meaning you and your family can warm up on those cold winter nights in minutes instead of waiting for your furnace to heat itself up before it starts warming you.
- Higher Efficiency: Condensing furnaces, as discussed above, have the ability to utilize almost all the fuel from the combustion process to generate heat, meaning very little is given off as bi-product. This saves on both fuel and energy. If you’re concerned not only with conserving energy, but also with saving money on your heating bill, this furnace is your best option.