Biting the 'green bullet'

The new furnaceHere’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…


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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2 Responses to Biting the 'green bullet'

  1. Anonymous says:

    If only landlords would do the same for renters.

  2. If I am traveling for work, that our furnace will break down is guaranteed. This last week, Iowa suffered an Ice Storm while I was chasing Gypsies in California and, sure enough, I had to lay out another $200 to Capitol City Heating & AC.

    Whatever happened to a log fire at the cave entrance?

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