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Midway Heating Company
Aug 28, 2017

Portland Homeowners Can Save Money With A High Efficiency Furnace

How much were your heating bills last winter?

Not only can you save more money when you install the new EL296E Lennox gas furnace with Power Saver technology, you’ll be more comfortable at the same time as it delivers more consistent temperatures.Save money with EL296E furnance

With a 96% AFUE rating, up to 96 cents out of every dollar spent is going towards heating your home, which means this high efficiency furnace is a smart choice for everyone in Portland Oregon.

Did we mention it was awarded the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval and is Energy Star rated?

Energy efficient furnaces pay for themselves

Efficiency in furnaces has advanced dramatically so even if your furnace is only 8 or 9 years old, it may still only be running at 60, 70 or 80% efficiency.  When you install the EL296E gas furnace from Lennox, you can save hundreds of dollars every year.

In fact, a 3-year study compared the EL296E with a 65% AFUE furnace and a 75% AFUE furnace and the heating savings were substantial.  $2,447 was saved over the 65% furnace and $1,436 was saved with the 75%.

The real savings come in when you figure out the money saved over the lifetime of the new furnace.  Lennox gas furnaces are built to last and as long as they are maintained properly, you could easily keep this Lennox furnace for 20 years.

Save money with high efficiency furnaceSo it’s a good idea to check the AFUE rating on your current furnace as if you’ve had the same furnace for a while, it’s a good bet it isn’t near the 96% efficiency of this furnace.

Year-round savings with a dual-fuel system

Besides being Energy Star rated, it also has Dual Fuel capability which means it can be paired with a Lennox electric heat pump for even more energy savings.

Known as a dual-fuel system, the heat pump provides the heat for your house in mild temperatures and the furnace kicks in (as needed) when the temps outside turn colder.

The system automatically switches back and forth between the 2 heat sources (gas furnace and electric heat pump) using whichever is most efficient.  With this method, you are always getting maximum efficiency from your home’s heating and cooling system.

As an added bonus, a heat pump also acts like an air conditioner to provide cooling during the summer months so you won’t need to install an air conditioner to stay cool.

What is Power Saver Technology?

Before we explain Power Saver Technology, check out this past post about the differences between a single stage, 2-stage and variable speed furnaces to help you understand why motor speed plays an important part in efficiency and comfort level.

2-stage furnace

A 2-stage furnace simply means it has a high and low setting (single stage only has a high setting).  A 2-stage furnace spends most of the time on low speed (which is more efficient) and only kicks to the high speed when the temperature outside drops and more power is needed to keep your home at the desired temp.

The Power Saver motor in the EL296E operates at a constant torque (or speed) so it can provide a constant flow of perfectly conditioned air.  When the air inside your home is at the right level of humidity, you’ll use less energy in the heating and cooling modes and your home will feel more comfortable-no matter what the weather is like outside.

How does the furnace help in summer months?  When operating at the low speed for air flow, the air spends more time in contact with the air conditioner coil and this helps reduce the moisture level (in the air) during the hot humid summer months.  Less humid air translates into more comfort for you.

What makes the EL296E a great furnace?High efficiency furnace from Lennox

There’s a long list of features for this high efficiency furnace so let’s get started.

  • Duralok Plus Heat Exchanger with ArmorTuf steel makes it tough and reliable.
  • 2-stage Gas Valve operates on low and high speed for maximum efficiency.
  • SureLight Ignitor with silicon nitride construction gives it a long life of dependency.
  • Special Sound-Absorbing Insulation means it’s quieter than the average furnace.
  • Power Saver Motor is energy efficient and delivers more even temperatures, consistent airflow & less noise.
  • Stainless Steel Secondary Heat Exchanger captures additional heat so it works even more efficiently.
  • SureLight Control Board controls furnace operation for better efficiency and dependability.
  • Sealed Blower Compartment decreases air loss for increased efficiency while reducing noise levels.
  • Durable Steel Cabinet is durable and built to withstand our harsh weather conditions.

Limited lifetime warranty

Lennox is known for its reliability so it’s no surprise they offer a lifetime limited warranty on the heat exchanger along with a 10-year limited warranty on all remaining covered parts.

All these things add up to a high efficiency furnace that not only saves you money on your monthly utility bills BUT also offers more comfort.  This 2-stage gas furnace will help eliminate temperature swings along with the hot or cold spots in your home is it provides more even and consistent heat for our entire Portland home.

Midway offers free estimates so contact us today.  We’ll be happy to answer all your questions while showing you how the EL296E furnace will save you money.