Mobile Home Gas Furnace Advantages

by Spark on January 21, 2010

Is it time to change out your furnace? If so now is a good time to go over mobile home gas furnace advantages. To begin with, according to Consumer Reports, just about half of all furnaces are gas. So you’re dealing with proven technology, deployed in millions of homes. You also have the flexibility to use either natural gas or liquid propane.

The primary advantage of a mobile home gas furnace is cost. Generally speaking, eight gas fired furnace will be less expensive to operate than electric unit. This is particularly true very cold the areas of the country, or the furnace will be running for long periods of time. Tip: Regardless of the type of furnace you install, it’s a good idea to invest in quality insulation.

If you have a furnace from the mid seventies earlier it may be very inefficient, perhaps as low as 65% AFUE, or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This standard was created by the Department of Energy in 1992. Basically all it does is measure how effective your furnace is that converting natural gas into heat. For example, if your gas bill was $100, and your furnace was rated at 65% AFUE, that means that you spent $65.00 on fuel that actually heated your house. Looking at those numbers, you can see a clear cost advantage of the better performing furnace. The government has mandated that all new furnaces be at least 78% AFUE, manufacturers have even produced high efficiency mobile home furnaces that are rated at 90% or better.

Some additional features you may be interested in all shopping for your mobile home gas furnace include:

  • variable speed blowers – a lower speed blower makes less noise can to make the house more pleasant.
  • variable heat output –some of the more sophisticated furnaces can vary the level of heat that put out.
  • air filtration –for people with allergies or asthma, the addition of an electrostatic filter, or even a HEPA can be beneficial.
  • dual heat exchanger –some manufacturers will add an additional heat exchanger to increase efficiency.

Hopefully this article has given you a good starting point on your search for your new mobile home gas furnace to keep the house warm.