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Healthy Home: Saving money on gas and energy

Saving money on gas and energy this wintertime will be more important than ever with the rising prices that we continue to face. (WSMH)

This Healthy Home report is sponsored by Holland Heating and Cooling.

Saving money on gas and energy this wintertime will be more important than ever with the rising prices that we continue to face. The home appliance that will by far make the greatest impact for saving wasted dollars is your home’s heating system.

This is a 96.6% efficient furnace. That means that 96.6 cents of every dollar spent with the gas company, goes to good use in heating your home, while only 3.4 cents is lost out of your chimney. As a matter of fact, these type of furnaces no longer even need a chimney. They loose so little heat that they vent directly out the side of your home using plastic pipe. You can hold the pipes while its running and it’s just a nice hand warmer. Do not try this with your old furnace.

It’s estimated that with a 30 + year old furnace you could be wasting as much as 40% of your energy out the chimney. With a furnace around 20 years old, an estimated 25% - 30% is being wasted. By waiting to replace an old gas-guzzling furnace just because it's still running can cost you several hundred dollars in energy savings over just one heating season alone. That’s an incredible amount of money and waste!

High-efficiency furnaces have been in use for well over 20 years now and are just as reliable as standard efficiency furnaces and most even offer lifetime warranties. They’re quiet, comfortable and can save you a ton of money… even while you sleep.

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