LONGMONT – Autumn in Colorado is spectacular. But the changing colors and cooler evenings are also a good reminder that it is time to check your home’s heating system for the cold weather ahead.
If you keep your furnace in good condition, it can last a decade or longer. But even heating systems that were built several years ago don’t deliver the same performance and cost savings that a new high efficiency unit can.
These newer systems are designed to maximize the volume of warm air that is captured during each heating cycle. “Most standard heaters use a single primary heat exchanger that delivers about 80 percent efficiency,” explains Jeff Richard, general manager at Northern Colorado Air in Fort Collins and Longmont. “That means that you are sending 20 percent of your heat outside.”
When the burners light up, the fire heats the air. Then 80% of the heated air goes into your house and 20% exits out of your home through an exhaust vent. The temperature of this exhaust air can exceed 375 degrees.
Compare this to the latest high efficiency furnaces, designed to deliver 93 to 98.7% efficiency by using an advanced dual heat exchanger design. The primary exchanger captures most of the heat, but then the heated air takes an additional pass through a second stainless steel exchanger. This keeps more heat in your home and sends less back outside. The temperature of the exhaust air from a high efficiency system is around 95 degrees – an improvement that saves on utility bills and natural resources.
Homes are more energy efficient than ever. Investing in technology upgrades like a high efficiency furnace can make a lot of sense.
The team at Northern Colorado Air understands heating technologies and the latest consumer research. They are ready to share their knowledge and provide expert consultation on choosing the best furnace for your home. You may also qualify for rebates when you upgrade to a new high efficiency unit. Ask your Northern Colorado Air representative for more information.
Higher efficiency, lower bills – and safety
Most people are familiar with the older technology of heating. A heat exchanger is the other important part of the system. The exchanger keeps noxious gas fumes produced by combustion out of the heated air that is pushed into your home’s interior. To do that safely, it must have an airtight seal. A leaky exchanger can allow deadly carbon monoxide to escape into the air your family breathes.
“The industry standard is, if there is a crack or hole in the heat exchanger, it has to be replaced. These breaks are a result of metal fatigue, from all the repetitive heating cycles. You can’t weld or patch them,” Jeff Richard says.
A damaged heat exchanger doesn’t automatically mean the whole furnace needs to be replaced, though. Furnace warranties can extend 15 to 20 years, so many homeowners are pleased to find that their heat exchanger is still under warranty and can be replaced at a nominal expense. If the damaged heat exchanger is out of warranty, it’s usually more cost effective to invest that money into a new heating system – and a brand new warranty.
Scheduling an annual furnace checkup is the best way to ensure your home’s heating system is in good condition and operating safely. A Northern Colorado Air certified technician will examine the blower assembly and clean away any dirt and debris, which can interfere with proper ignition. Heat exchangers, venting and the gas pressure are all checked, then your furnace is put through its cycles as a final test. At the end of the visit, you know your furnace is ready for the season.
Take advantage of this furnace check-up special offer
Keep your family warm this fall and save big time! Schedule an $89 furnace check today
by calling 303-684-8875.
Northern Colorado Air is locally owned and family operated, with more than 40 years experience in heating and air conditioning. The team is proud to serve loyal customers all along the Front Range corridor, from Boulder north to Wellington, Estes Park east to Greeley.
By: L.L. Charles. Photography by Timothy Seibert and Northern Colorado Air.