The inefficient use of energy can be very costly. When you look for ways to lower your monthly utility bills, your heating system is a good place to start. This requires a bit of an investment, but the long-range benefits are huge.
Air conditioners and heating devices are the biggest energy consumers in the home. Gas furnaces, just like other large in-home appliances, are now more energy-efficient than ever. The demand for energy efficiency has increased the incentive for manufacturers to build more efficient models. Consequently, most gas heaters on the market today are high-efficiency models.
Energy-efficient gas furnaces are generally more expensive than the older conventional models. There are a couple of reasons for this. One, Energy-efficient gas heaters are not as mass-produced as the conventional models – this means that there are still cost factors that have not been overcome. These costs are passed on to the consumer at the time of purchase and installation. Two, High-efficiency gas heaters employ the latest technology – as we all know, this drives up the manufacturing costs of any product. Typically, products that use the latest in technological innovation are not ‘cheap.’ The initial outlay of money is only a start-up cost and will eventually be recovered in lower utility bills.
Anytime you invest in a high-efficiency gas heater or other energy-efficient product, you are investing in the environment as well as your home. Ensure that the gas furnace you are purchasing and installing is an energy-efficient model, by making sure it is tagged with the Energy Star label. Keep the unit properly maintained and it will operate cost-effectively for many years all while reducing your carbon footprint.