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12-23-2009, 09:02 AM   #1
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## How to determine ROI of efficient versus regular furnace?

We're planning to replace our furnace. We were offered two different replacement furnaces. The specs I was given are these:

#1 (regular): 90,000 Btu / natural venting / 80% efficient / multi-speed – 1400 CFM blower / 115 volts / 15 amps
#2 (efficient): 95.5% efficient / direct venting / 3 stage / 1400 CFM blower / gas fired furnace / 80,000 Btu input -- 74,000 Btu output

#2 is, of course, more expensive. Suppose
- I know how much gas I have used every month for the last year or two.
- I assume that I will use the same exact amount every year.
- I assume today's gas price

Are there formulas that would let me compute when I will pay off the difference between the two furnaces?

Thanks much!

12-23-2009, 10:19 AM   #2

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Are they putting in the same size furnace as is there now. If so, you could use as much or more gas with a new furnace. Newer furnaces need to move more air then older ones did.

Have a load calc done to see what size furnace you need.
A 90,000 BTU input 80% efficient furnace has an output of 72,000 BTUs.

A 80,000 BTU input 95% efficient furnace has an output of 76,000 BTUs.

Here is a site that you can use to compare operating cost.

 12-26-2009, 09:57 AM #3 Member     Join Date: Sep 2008 Location: PA Posts: 167 Rewards Points: 150 The load calc can mean more on increasing the fuel savings than the efficiency. Need to proper size the unit first than look at efficiency. See link below for FAQ http://www.comfort-calc.net/faq.html

 12-26-2009, 01:27 PM #4 Member     Join Date: Jan 2009 Location: Southern Illinois Posts: 297 Rewards Points: 250 Here is exactly what you are looking for. http://www.acdoctor.com/cooling_calculator.php#heating __________________ Settle down! If you were that important, the city would give you lights and a siren for your car
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by ilyaz We were offered two different replacement furnaces. [B]#1 (regular) [B]#2 (efficient) #2 is, of course, more expensive. Suppose - I know how much gas I have used every month for the last year or two. - I assume that I will use the same exact amount every year. - I assume today's gas price
If you assume no noticeable difference in utility bills with either the old furnace or #1 or #2, and I think that is a reasonable assumption, the difference in price between #2 and #1 will never be paid off unless #2 is much more reliable than #1 and the replacement parts cost is much less.

The control board price is a good place to price-check; they are costly and fragile.

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