Winter is Coming: Keep Your Home Warm with Lennox Furnace
It’s still months away. But we all know that it’s coming, winter, that is. Keep your home warm this coming winter with Lennox Furnace.
Canada is characterized by generally long and cold winters. According to Statistics Canada, cold climate in this country varies quite widely. In certain areas in Canada, cold climate sometimes lasts up to nine or ten months.
According to Natural Resources Canada, this country’s cold climate results in high energy used – a remarkable 63% of the energy used in the average Canadian home goes to space heating. As the bulk of the energy consumption of every Canadian household goes to space heating, it’s important to choose the right heating system for your home.
Aside from the financial cost, it’s also important to choose the right heating system for health reasons. Cold and damp houses are linked to poor health, especially for those who have weak immune system, including babies, small children, older adults and people who are ill.
According to Statistics Canada, majority of Canadian households, nearly 6 out of 10, use furnace as their primary heating system. A furnace works by blowing heated air via ducts. These ducts distribute the warm air to rooms throughout the house through grills or air registers. This type of heating system is also called a forced warm-air distribution or ducted warm-air system.
A furnace can be powered by electricity, natural gas or fuel oil. Natural gas and electricity are two of the main sources of energy to generate heat in the primary heating system in a home, with nearly half of Canadian households using natural gas and one-third of households using electricity.
Gas Fireplace versus Gas Furnace
A government survey found that a quarter of Canadian homes used a gas fireplace, with most of these houses using it as a supplementary or secondary heating system. Similar to its predecessor, the wood-burning fireplace, the gas fireplace is great for ambiance. Compared to the wood-burning fireplace, the gas-powered fireplace is considered safer as it emits a fraction of particulate matter – small particles and liquid droplets that get into the air and are considered as harmful to one’s health.
Compared to gas furnace, gas fireplace uses more energy. A Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation study (PDF) showed that compared to a gas furnace, the overall energy consumption of a gas fireplace was 10% higher for the reason that fireplace use consumes much more gas. Gas fireplace also results in the lowering of air temperatures in rooms located far away from the fireplace; whereas, gas furnace provides an even temperature in rooms around the house.
Not all furnaces are, however, created equal. Here are the 3 top reasons for you to consider the Lennox Furnace Model EL296E:
1. Saves Money
The annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) of Lennox Furnace Model EL296E is 96%. AFUE is defined by the U.S. Department of Energy as “a measure of how efficient the appliance is in converting the energy in its fuel to heat over the course of a typical year”.
An AFUE of 96% means that 96% of the energy in the fuel turns into heat for the home and the other 4% escapes up the chimney or somewhere else. A higher AFUE percentage signifies a more efficient furnace. According to Consumer Reports, a furnace with a 90% AFUE might cost more than a similar size unit with an 80% AFUE, but you can often recover that additional cost through lower fuel bills over the life of the furnace.
Model EL296E of Lennox Furnace, in particular, has earned the ENERGY STAR label. This means that this furnace meets or surpasses the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The key product criteria to earn the ENERGY STAR for gas furnaces is a rating of 95% AFUE or greater.
Model EL296E comes with a limited warranty on the heat exchanger; 5-year limited warranty on covered components; and 10-year limited extended warranty coverage with product registration. If you purchase this product, you also qualify for rebates and incentives.
Your actual savings depend on the weather patterns in your area, local fuel rates and your family’s lifestyle. “Installing one of today’s energy-efficient furnaces can reduce your home-heating costs by up to 25 percent per year,” Natural Resources Canada said. “Depending on the efficiency of your old furnace, you could recover the higher initial cost of your new high-efficiency system in about seven years.”
2. Lennox Furnace Dual-Fuel System
The EL296E Model is powered by natural gas. It’s already classified as a high-efficiency furnace with its 96% AFUE and ENERGY STAR label. You can take your energy savings to the next level by pairing this Lennox Furnace model with a Lennox electric heat pump. You’ll create a dual-fuel system by doing so. By pairing the furnace with the heat pump, you can switch from gas on colder days and to electricity on milder days.
3. Not Limited to Winter Use
The Lennox Furnace Model EL296E isn’t limited to winter use. What if winter won’t come this year? Well, winter didn’t come in late 2015 and early 2016 in many parts of Canada.
According to the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, the El Niño weather phenomenon and the shrinking Arctic sea ice canceled Canada’s winter in late 2015 and early 2016. The weather phenomenon resulted in the mildness and lack of snow in Canada, leading to the cancellation of winter carnivals and other winter activities, including dogsled races, ice fishing derbies and pond hockey tournaments.
The Lennox Furnace Model EL296E has a two-stage heating system, which allows you to operate at lower capacity during mild climate and higher capacity during bitterly cold days. Operating the furnace at lower speed of airflow lets air spend more time in contact with the air conditioner coil. This aids in reducing moisture levels inside your home during hot and humid months, giving your family members the comfort that they deserve. Connect with us today to learn more about the benefits and check out our winter specials.
So, even if winter won’t come, this furnace can be relied on to deliver comfort every day of the year.