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A Spotlight on the Lennox EL296E Gas Furnace

Posted: 2019-12-03

Excessively low temperatures can be dangerous to your health. More than any other time of the year, winter is when you’d expect your furnace to effortlessly keep you and your family safe and comfortable. But what if your existing furnace is no longer able to keep up with your family’s heating needs?

When your furnace starts to show signs of deterioration, you will have to face the inevitable: getting a new heating system. While investing in a new furnace involves a significant amount of money, it’s a step toward greater comfort and peace of mind for you and your family.

If you want a system that is able to provide you with consistent heat with minimal operational costs, consider upgrading to a new, high-efficiency model.

In partnership with Lennox Industries, Four Seasons Air Specialists offers you a wide array of high-efficiency furnaces designed to provide you with optimum comfort with maximum energy-efficiency. We are your leading heating company in Hugo MN.

Understanding Energy Efficiency Ratings of Furnaces

Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating is a measure of how efficiently your furnace can utilize its fuel. The higher the rating, the more heat you will get per unit of fuel.

Old furnaces from 30 years ago typically had an AFUE of 80 percent or less. This means that at least 20 percent of your heat escapes up the chimney or elsewhere.

There are even older models from forty years ago that had an AFUE of 60 to 65 percent. If you still have one of those, your furnace is wasting 35 to 40 cents in gas costs for every dollar you spend.

On the other hand, high-efficiency heating systems have an AFUE of 90 percent or more. This means that 90 percent of the fuel is converted to heat.

Features of the Lennox EL296E Gas Furnace

This product is approved by ENERGY STAR, which means it has a higher annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating and higher efficiency blower motors, making it more energy-efficient than regular models.

In order for a product to receive the ENERGY STAR label, it should meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). When you choose an ENERGY STAR certified furnace and take steps to optimize its performance, you can improve your home’s comfort while saving energy in the process. This results in lower energy costs as it also protects the climate by helping prevent harmful carbon pollution and reducing other greenhouse gases.

Conventional furnaces are either off or on. But the EL296E can output heat at two different intensities, allowing it to fine-tune your comfort and your energy use in perfect balance.

Its Power Saver™ motor operates at constant torque to help maintain consistent airflow. Power Saver technology not only provides energy boost capabilities improving the overall system efficiency, similar to a variable speed furnace but also delivers higher SEER ratings in cooling mode. In continuous fan mode, this technology helps keep energy waste to a minimum.

Compared to older, low-efficiency models, the EL296E has an efficiency rating of 96 percent AFUE that can save you hundreds of dollars in heating costs per year.

The EL296E also has the capacity to make your home feel better during summer months. By operating at its lower speed, air spends more time in contact with the outside coil, the cooling engine of your air-conditioning unit. This helps reduce moisture levels inside your home to enhance your comfort.

When paired with a Lennox® heat pump, the EL296E creates a system that can automatically alternate between electricity and gas fuel to keep you warm. So you’re always using the most energy-efficient way to keep comfortable.

Its Two-Stage Gas Valve operates at a lower heating output for efficiency, switching to a higher output only when needed.

Every component of the EL296E has proven itself through extensive testing in our research labs. So you can take comfort knowing the furnace will deliver reliable performance, season after season.

With product registration, the EL296E may be eligible for a 10-year Limited Extended Warranty. Lennox also offers a 5-year Limited Warranty on covered parts and Limited Lifetime Warranty on the Heat Exchanger.

Ask the Heating Pros

 For more information about this product, call or visit Four Seasons Air Specialists, your top Forest Lake furnace installation company.