After July 3, 2019, residential furnace manufacturers must include energy-efficient electronically commutated low-wattage motors (ECM’s) on their furnace fans, instead of the permanent split capacitor (PSC) induction blower motors normally used.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has updated their Furnace Efficiency Rating (FER) standards, mandating that these energy conserving motors be used starting July 3, 2019 in all new furnaces, with the expectation that these new standards will result in significant conservation of energy and reduction of carbon pollution.
For homeowners, this means the initial price of residential furnaces will be increasing due to the higher cost of the ECM motors. But though the initial cost for a new furnace will be going up, the DOE estimates these motors will save an average consumer about $340 to $500 over the lifetime of their furnace, even after accounting for the increased upfront cost, due to significant savings in energy costs.
ECM motors are expected to keep homeowners more comfortable, too. First, they provide more efficient airflow. Second, they reduce temperature swings in the home by allowing the fan to run for a longer time at a reduced speed. And homeowners will be more inclined to operate their furnace fans all the time, therefore cleaning the air consistently.
The net effect on the homeowner’s energy usage by the ECM motors may be reduced by as much as 46%, which depending on the home and the furnace model, could result in as much as $67.00 per year in energy savings.
Although the old furnaces with PSC induction motors may still be in stock for a short time after July 3, they will only be available while supplies last. Some homeowners may opt for repairing an old furnace, but it can be a costly decision when compared to the energy savings of replacing it with an energy efficient furnace. The question then is, “how expensive does a furnace repair need to be before it’s not worth it?” Even for less expensive repairs, depending upon how old your furnace is, replacement may be a more cost-effective option.
To help you make the best choice possible, Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling will help you assess when and if you should replace your furnace. Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO.
You never really think of your drains unless you have a problem; this is the case for most people. Although, it is always a good idea to be proactive by keeping your house tidy, pipes and all.
It’s as simple as this, your pipes serve a purpose to move things through and out.
Do you smell a bad smell emanating from your house, but you can’t determine where it is coming from? If this is the case, investigate your pipes.
You’ll want to look at the obvious—your toilet, sinks, bathtubs, showers, etc. If this smell gets more rancid, the closer you get, then you could possibly have an issue with your pipes.
It is important to know that there are various hazardous events that can occur if you don’t properly take care of your piping system.
Watch out for:
- Any flooding in and around your residential or commercial property.
- Do you notice any pipes or faucets leaking slowly? Your pipes may need to be tightened.
- If your toilet ends up having a backup, you, your family and co-workers could potentially be exposed to bacteria and contamination that is certainly dangerous for your health; if handled improperly, this could be damaging to your health, if not fatal.
- Are other drains and pipes in your building backed up? Perhaps the water is not draining as efficiently as it once was?
- Does water come out of your shower when you flush the toilet? (We don’t recommend trying to solve this issue, as this is a more complex pipe problem and requires a qualified and licensed professional at Anthony PHC Kansas City).
Sometimes a quick fix can be as easy as using a snake or running extremely hot water to unclog your drains that often get filled with everyday debris, which often consists of:
- Toys (if you have young children)
- Other objects
- Vegetable skins
- Bones from meat
Other times, the issue could prove to be more complicated; you may need to have your main line cleared out by professionals if scorching hot water and a snake do not work.
When your bathroom or kitchen sink gets clogged, you may be able to unclog it yourself; if you are willing to get your hands dirty (wear gloves) and use a plunger.
We never advise you to go beyond these steps, if your drain is still emitting an unpleasant smell and you’ve tried everything in this post, then you will need to call the experts at Anthony PHC Kansas City and we will be able to unclog your pipes.
Not treating the problem right away will only cause a larger issue down the road in your building owning experience. Waiting too long to address any problem, better yet, your piping system will surely cost you loads of money, hence why this is never a wise idea.