Here’s our brand new, energy-efficient furnace: at almost $4,000, it wasn’t particularly cheap. The air conditioning option would have cost an additional $4600 (I declined).
You may recall that last year our 53-year-old furnace failed during a cold snap (temperatures in the 30s). Our good, local plumbing and heating guys wouldn’t repair it, it was just too old. I found a (what turned out to be) fly-by-night outfit to repair it, and we made it through last winter.
When the furnace broke again almost as soon as cool weather started I decided that was it: time for a new furnace, one that would be environmentally a better bet as well.
So here we are, with a brand new Carrier furnace rated 80% AFUE ( Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency – meaning 80% of the gas is converted to heat – considerably better than our old ‘Clipperette’ furnace). $4,000 is a bit of a steep price, but it should last at least 20 years, and we’re reducing our carbon footprint and energy use. It will take a while to get the $4K back in fuel savings…