Lennox EL196E Gas Furnace

Posted: 2018-11-13

Throughout the heating season, your furnace runs daily for about half of the year. It is important to have a heating system that operates efficiently to ensure your home can keep you warm and safe from the negative health effects of cold weather.  However, due to wear and tear, a furnace loses its efficiency and causes you a lot of troubles. These problems may include inconsistent heating, higher repair and energy costs, frequent sickness in the family, and risk of starting a fire.

Four Seasons Air Specialists is a reputable heating company in White Bear Lake MN that offers great home comfort systems at reasonable prices. In partnership with Lennox Industries, we offer you with a wide variety of furnaces that meet your needs and budget.


A heating system that has an efficiency rating of up to 90 percent AFUE is considered a high-efficiency model. Also known as a condensing furnace, it uses a second heat exchanger to squeeze out heat from the exhaust gases that would be otherwise be released out of your home with less efficient systems.

Advancements in technology allow new high-efficiency furnaces to consume 30 percent less fuel compared to older furnaces, most of which run at an efficiency rate of 75 percent or less.

The U.S. government offers a federal tax rebate of up to 30 percent, or up to $1500 if you purchase and have a high-efficiency furnace installed in your home.  While it is true that lower efficiency furnaces are cheaper, this tax credit can compensate for the price difference, should you decide to go with a high-efficiency heating system.

Features of the Lennox EL196E Gas Furnace

The EL196E is one of the models in Lennox’s Elite Series, promising optimum performance and ultimate savings.

This furnace is ENERGY STAR® qualified, which means the unit meets and exceeds US federal guidelines for energy efficiency.

Products that have the ENERGY STAR® labels offer reduced greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy. They also make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort.

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 EL196E has an efficiency rating of 96 percent AFUE that can save you hundreds of dollars in heating costs per year.

The EL196E 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 EL196E 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 EL196E 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.

Its fully insulated cabinet ensures quiet, efficient operation.

Its Dual-fuel capability can be combined with an electric heat pump to enhance comfort and fuel efficiency by alternating between electric and gas heat, optimizing energy use and minimizing heating costs.

Its Sealed blower compartment minimizes air loss and maximizes efficiency and comfort. Less than 1% leakage at 1.0" ESP

Its Duralok Plus heat exchanger is made of patented ArmorTuf steel to ensure high reliability and efficiency.

Its SureLight® igniter’s silicone nitride construction ensures long product life and reliable operation.

With product registration, the EL196E 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.

Call the HVAC Pros

If you are looking for a new furnace, call Four Seasons Air Specialists. We are your trusted White Bear Lake furnace installation contractor serving you since 1974. We’re always ready to help.