Comparing High Efficiency and Standard Efficiency Furnaces

By: Brian Schutt  |  February 12, 2015

When you’re at the place of comparing high efficiency and standard efficiency furnaces, you’re likely about to make an important decision for your home. It’s not exactly paper vs. plastic, where the ramifications are limited. We could be talking thousands of dollars on equipment, and even more on the operation of that equipment.

High Efficiency Furnace Chart

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The two models above give a general concept of what technical differences you may find between the standard efficiency and high efficiency furnace options you’re considering.

THE SAME

When we are working through the choices with our clients, what we first acknowledge are what both systems will do:

  • Both will heat your home
  • Both have a similar life expectancy when given similar amounts of preventative maintenance
  • Both will use both gas and electric power sources
  • Both have smart phone compatible thermostat options

THE DIFFERENT

To achieve the term “high efficiency” within the industry a furnace must be 90% efficient within it’s gas usage. But that’s a limited view of what efficiencies can be gained, and what benefits can be provided.

  • Variable speed blower = lower electrical usage, increased comfort
  • Dual heat exchangers = lower gas usage, increased comfort
  • Advanced control board allows for predictive alerts to home owner and heating and cooling company when issues begin to appear with system
  • Reductions in gas, electrical usage typically provide payback within 3-6 years of initial purchase

Our belief is that you are the best person to determine what is the correct system for your home, your budget, and the comfort needs you have. Our role is to provide as much clarity within the equipment options, so that you can make the most intelligent decision possible. Above, I only compared two options, but most suppliers will have up to a dozen different furnaces to consider. If you have any specific questions about choosing a high efficient HVAC system or not for your Indianapolis home, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Brian Schutt

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is the co-owner of Homesense Heating | Cooling. Born and raised in Indianapolis, he loves the city and its people, and is committed to bringing a servants mindset into the heating and cooling industry. One of the ways he does that is to translate the technical language of HVAC into the manageable and understandable for homeowners.

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