January 25, 2018
Extremely cold weather can be dangerous to your health. More than any other time of the year, you’ll expect your furnace to keep you and your family comfortably warm during winter. What if your existing furnace isn’t able to keep up with your family’s heating needs due because it’s too old? You won’t allow your family to be in the cold, will you?
When your furnace starts to show signs of decline in performance, you will be faced with the inevitable: choosing between having it constantly repaired or to replace it once and for all. Though investing in a new heating system involves a higher upfront cost than keeping your old, inefficient furnace, you can achieve greater comfort and peace of mind for you and your family if you opt to get a new unit.
If you want to get a system that is able to provide you with consistent heat without the hike in your utility bills, consider upgrading to a new, high-efficiency model.
Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is a trusted heating company in Peoria, IL that cares about your comfort and safety more than anything else.
In partnership with Lennox Industries, we provide you with an array of furnace choices that meet your needs and budget.
This article talks about the Lennox EL195E, one of the models in the Lennox Elite Series of furnaces.
Efficiency Ratings of Furnaces
Old furnaces from 30 years ago typically had an annual fuel utilization efficiency of 80 percent or less. This means that at least 20 percent of your heat is being wasted.
There are even older models from forty years ago that had an AFUE of 60 to 65 percent. If you still have one of those, your furnace is blowing 35 to 40 cents in gas costs for every dollar you spent.
On the other hand, high-efficiency heating systems have an AFUE of 90 percent or more. This translates to only 10 percent of your heat goes up the chimney.
Energy-Saving Features of High-Efficiency Furnaces
High-efficiency furnaces incorporate a second heat exchanger to catch much of the heat that would usually escape up the chimney.
Multi-speed and variable-speed blowers lower electric use by matching the blower speed to the heating requirements of the room.
Blower compartments on high-efficiency furnaces are usually insulated to preserve heat. Traditional heating systems normally are not insulated.
Most condensing furnaces use a high-efficiency air filtration system to improve indoor air quality, giving you a safer home environment.
Modulating or variable capacity gas valves and an electronic control system allows for fine adjustments to the burner setting and blower motor speed for better temperature control and energy-efficiency.
Sealed combustion chamber mixes combustion air from outdoors and the fuel at a controlled rate, maximizing the heat generated by the fuel.
Features of the Lennox EL195E
This furnace is ENERGY STAR® qualified. Heating systems that have the ENERGY STAR® label meet or even exceed the U.S. federal standards for energy efficiency.
If you live in a chilly climate, it is recommended to invest in the highest-efficiency system, as it gives you greater savings.
The EL195E’s Power Saver™ motor operates at constant torque to help maintain consistent airflow. Power Saver technology not only provides energy boost capabilities improving the overall system efficiency, similar to a variable speed furnace, but also delivers higher SEER ratings in cooling mode. In continuous fan mode, this technology helps keep energy waste to a minimum.
Compared to older, low-efficiency models, the EL195E has an efficiency rating of up to 95 percent AFUE that can save you hundreds of dollars in heating costs per year.
When paired with a Lennox®heat pump, the EL195E creates a system that can automatically alternate between electricity and gas fuel to keep you warm. So you’re always using the most energy-efficient way to keep comfortable.
Every component of the EL296E has proven itself through extensive testing in our research labs. So you can take comfort knowing the furnace will deliver reliable performance, season after season.
With product registration, the EL195E may be eligible for a 10-year Limited Extended Warranty. Lennox also offers a 5-year Limited Warranty on covered parts and Limited Lifetime Warranty on the Heat Exchanger.
Ask the Heating Pros
Call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning if you are considering having the Lennox EL195E installed in your home. We hire only qualified and highly trained technicians to ensure all systems we set up are properly installed. We have been serving the heating and air conditioning needs of homeowners in the Central Illinois area since 1983. Contact us for Peoria furnace repair, maintenance and installation.