Utility Company Furnace and Air Conditioning Rebates Coming To an End
The weather is getting warmer, and homeowners and businesses are starting to pay more attention to their HVAC systems and how they can lower their utility bills as summer approaches. To help them make the decision to go high-efficiency, we are offering a special bonus to customers who participate in our programs prior to the end of April 2013.
We will simply submit an application for you our customer and you will receive the bonus, in addition to the standard rebate. All other terms and conditions apply.
Residential and C&I Prescriptive Rebate Programs
- Complete a project in April 31 2013 and submit your application by May 17th 2013; you will receive a bonus.
High-Efficiency Furnace Installations Can Boost Your Bottom Line
Most homes and businesses in the U.S. are heated with either furnaces or boilers. Conventional furnaces heat air in a heat exchanger and distribute the heated air through building duct-work. Older furnaces are energy wasters. Over time, their performance can decline. Additionally, many of these units may have standing pilot lights that use energy even when the furnace is not operating. If your customer’s furnace is 15 years or older, it may be time to replace it.
Energy experts recommend installing a high-efficiency furnace when conducting a furnace replacement project. Features of energy-efficient furnaces include:
- Secondary heat exchanger – condensing
- Sealed combustion
- Electronic ignition
- Power venting
- Electronically communicated motor (ECM)
While older existing furnace systems often have operating efficiencies below 70%, modern high efficiency furnace heating systems can achieve efficiencies as high as 97%. If your customer’s furnace is old, worn-out, inefficient or significantly over-sized, the best solution is to replace it with a modern high-efficiency model.
The new furnace should be properly sized which will ensure that it operates most efficiently. A sealed combustion furnace will bring outside air directly into the burner and power exhaust the flue gas directly outside the building, without the need for a draft hood or damper. Conventional furnaces draw heated air into the unit for combustion and then send a portion of that heated air up the chimney, wasting energy. Sealed combustion units avoid that problem. In addition, they pose no risk of introducing dangerous combustion gases into the building. High-efficiency sealed combustion units do produce an acidic exhaust gas that is not suitable for old, unlined chimneys. Therefore, the exhaust gas should either be vented through a new side wall duct or the existing chimney should be lined.
Although high-efficiency condensing furnaces cost more, they can save your customers money in fuel costs over the 15-20 year life of the unit. Furthermore, condensing furnaces are a particularly smart investment in cold climates.