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Want to Live Comfortably More Affordably? Consider a DC Variable Speed Motor

If you use a furnace in order to keep your home comfortable during the heating season, then you do so by distributing heated air throughout your home via a system of ductwork. In order to do that, you need a blower to force that air through the ductwork—hence the phrase “forced air” heating. The blower in your system is powered by electricity, and the amount of energy that it uses to distribute air through your home can have a  serious affect on your overall efficiency levels.

Benefits of Using a DC Variable Speed Motor

Your furnace or air handler requires a motor in order to blow heated air throughout your home and to keep you comfortable throughout the winter. The way in which that motor operates will greatly influence energy efficiency. That is why we recommend that our customers consider the use of DC variable speed motor.

If you look at furnaces with basic AC motors, and those with variable speed capability, you’ll notice that using a DC variable speed motor comes with a higher price tag. Medium and lower efficiency systems use AC motors. The higher end systems that use variable speed motor technology are more expensive to purchase, but that should not dissuade you from making the investment. The reason for this is long-term energy savings.

When you opt for a DC (or direct current) variable speed motor, you can decrease power consumption by 60–70%. When you keep that in mind, the initial expense of the system is a lot easier to accept over the less expensive, single speed models. What does that percentage translate to? Up to 1,500 kw per year, or about $200.

Of course, there are a lot of other factors to consider when it comes to the efficiency with which your furnace operates. Scheduling service with our staff helps to ensure that your system is the right size for your home, is expertly installed, and is functioning the way it should. That way, you can enjoy both the performance and efficiency levels that we know you deserve.

Let Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning handle your furnace services in Loveland, CO. Big enough to serve, small enough to care.

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