Furnaces once had low heating efficiency ratings: they lost a large amount of energy through exhaust gases. However, heating technology has made significant strides during the last few decades, and the development of better venting, electronic igniters, and especially condensing furnaces have helped make these old standbys of the HVAC world into competitive models of energy-saving. Today, many furnaces earn the U.S. Department of Energy’s qualifications for the ENERGY STAR label, a sign of an efficient system that saves you money and benefits general energy conservation.
A part of keeping a high-efficiency furnace—or any furnace—protected from the condensation (exhaust vapor created during the heat exchange process) is a condensate pump. We’ll look a bit more at high-efficiency furnaces and condensate pumps in this post. When you need heating repair in Concord, MA for a condensate pump or furnace, contact Basnett Plumbing & Heating. We’ve served the Metrowest Area with excellent comfort since 1987.
How does a high-efficiency furnace attain its reduction in exhaust waste that leads to its energy-saving performance? The secret is taking the exhaust vapor that’s leftover in the heat exchanger after the exchanger cools down and moving the vapor to a second heat exchanger, releasing further heat through condensation. This decreases the amount of waste while increasing the amount of heat created in the exchangers. Although these high-efficiency condensing furnaces are more expensive than standard furnaces, they can return enormous savings in energy that soon pay back their installation costs. They can last longer than standard furnaces as well.
One way to prolong a furnace’s life is to remove as much condensate away from it as possible. Condensate is corrosive and acidic, and extended contact with the interior of your furnace will lead to destructive and even dangerous corrosion developing on the furnace. It can also be dangerous if it enters your home.
Installing a condensate pump will help prevent any excess condensation vapor from impairing your furnace or escaping to damage your home. You will need to have professionals install and maintain a condensate pump, and replace it if necessary.
Always trust to experienced installers
A professional HAVC technician will help you decide what sort of furnace will work best for your home, and can also recommend if a condensate pump will help you. Sometimes, a high-efficiency furnace is your best option for your long-term budget; in other cases, a traditional furnace will fit your requirements.
For all your needs for installation or heating repair in Concord, MA, look to Basnett Plumbing & Heating.