Furnace vs Fireplace: Which One is More Efficient?

When the subarctic temperatures of Wisconsin begin to descend upon your Lake Geneva home, having a reliable source of heat is important. Both gas furnaces and fireplaces are effective at warming up the inside of your home. However, if you’re in search of the most efficient and effective method of heating your home, there are a few things to think about. Consider Fuel Efficiency It’s easy to check the amount of gas that your furnace and fireplace use over the course of an hour while they operate. Simply check the BTU consumption rating for your furnace or fireplace and you will get an idea of how much gas these two pieces of equipment are burning off in an effort to keep your home warm. It’s nearly impossible to get a precise calculation on energy efficiency, though. When your furnace burns gas, it creates heat, but that heat has to travel through ducts before it reaches various areas of your home. Fireplaces, on the other hand, burn gas and all of the heat comes spilling out into your room. In general, gas fireplaces tend to burn less gas and more efficiently heat a space, but their power and reach are limited....

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How to Find the Best Furnace for Your Home

One of the most common questions that many people ask when it comes to HVAC systems is “How do I know that I have a good furnace system?” Shopping for furnace systems isn’t something we do very often. One system can last up to 20 years without needing to be replaced. This means that the furnace is typically out of sight and out of mind and the last thing on our minds. Fortunately, Dignified Heating & Cooling services the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, area and surrounding areas and has some information for you that will help you find the right furnace for your home. It Comes Down to the Brand Just like any product on the market, you want to find a brand that you can trust whenever you decide to install it in your home. Purchasing lesser-known brands could be detrimental to your home in general if you are unaware of that company’s success rate. As an example, here are some trustworthy furnace brands that you should look into if you need a new furnace: Rheem Trane Amana American Standard Features of the Furnace A big deciding factor that many people do not often look into is the features of...

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Telling Signs You Need Furnace Replacement

The heating system in your home is one of the most important parts of your property. A quality furnace will do a great job of making sure that your home is safe and warm during the cold winter months. While a good furnace can last for more than a decade, there will come a time in which your furnace will be in need of replacement. There are a variety of signs that you should look for that could indicate that your furnace is in need of replacement. Increasing Energy Bills One of the signs that you should look out for that could indicate that you are in need of a new furnace is if your energy bills are increasing. If you noticed that your heating bills are continuing to increase on a monthly basis, it is a sign that your furnace is not working as efficiently as it used to. This could mean that you will either need to have it serviced or that you may need to have it replaced entirely. Frequent Repairs If you seem to be calling your local contractor on a regular basis to make repairs, it could be a sign that the major parts of...

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