January 3, 2018

If you notice a constant increase in your heating bills, or if you always need to have a technician pay you a visit for furnace repair, it may be time to replace your heating system. 


Just like any other piece of equipment, when your furnace is at least 15 years or more, it can no longer keep up with your heating needs as it once did. Old furnaces tend to crash frequently, especially if the unit hasn’t been receiving its regular professional maintenance.  

Since 1983, Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning has been focused on providing high-efficiency comfort to our loyal customers. We have mastered the intricacies of the heating and cooling business, and part of our goal is to be able to provide you with the best options for HVAC products and services. 

We take your comfort seriously. That is why we partnered with Lennox Industries to offer you a wide variety of top-notch, innovative furnaces.  

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is the first-class heating company in Champaign, IL delivering excellent workmanship and outstanding customer service. 

This article features the Lennox EL296V: a high-efficiency, two-stage gas furnace. 


The EL296V is one of our Elite Series furnace models.  

This furnace is ENERGY STAR® qualified, which means the unit meets and exceeds US federal guidelines for energy efficiency.

With product registration, the EL296V 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. 

The EL296V can be paired with a Lennox heat pump in an energy-saving dual-fuel system for added efficiency. 

The unit is iComfort-compatible, allowing it to be paired with an iComfort thermostat which allows it to effectively process information and make adjustments as needed to optimize performance and efficiency.  

The EL296V’s SureLight ignitor extends its lifespan and increases reliability. 

Fuel Efficiency 

With an efficiency rating of 96% AFUE, the EL296V can add hundreds of dollars to your annual savings in energy bills.  

The EL296V’s two levels of heat allow it to find a smart balance between energy usage and comfortable warmth. 

The variable-speed motor on the EL296V can increase the efficiency of your outdoor cooling unit during summer, helping you save even more on energy bills! 

The EL296V has a Duralok Plus heat exchanger, which is made of patented ArmorTuf steel, capturing waste heat, and a stainless steel secondary heat exchanger that allows the unit to achieve industry-leading efficiency levels. 


The EL296V can automatically adjust its airflow speed, allowing it to gently circulate even heat throughout your home. Variable-speed airflow also prevents blasts of air when the system starts.  

SilentComfort™ technology combines advanced engineering with sound-absorbing insulation to deliver the best in quiet performance. 

The EL296V has a fully insulated steel cabinet with patented noise-reducing construction that further minimizes heat loss. 

Want to Know More? Call the Heating Pros 

Now that winter gets bitterly cold, you need a furnace that has the capacity to keep everyone in your home warm and comfortable.  

The EL296V can make your home a comfortable and an energy-efficient place to stay in. 

Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning can tell you more about this great furnace and answer any heating question you may have. 

Our technicians are factory-trained, certified and are among the best in the industry. They are knowledgeable in detail of every system they install and service, regardless of the furnace brand and model. 

Our team members are learned and skilled—each with years of first hand experience. Our employees fully know their craft as well as our heating and cooling equipment.  

We one of the best heating and cooling companies in Central Illinois, offering the ultimate in HVAC solutions. Call us for your Urbana heating needs, may it be an installation, maintenance or furnace repair.