Why You Should Consider Upgrading to the Lennox EL296E High-Efficiency, Two-Stage Gas Furnace

Posted: 2021-01-12

One of the things you should avoid this winter is dealing with a failing furnace. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it also exposes you to extreme weather, which can cause different cold injuries like frostnip, chilblain, immersion foot, trench foot, and even hypothermia.

Four Seasons Air Specialists is your trusted heating company in Vadnais Heights MN. If you’re stuck with a malfunctioning or inefficient furnace, we can help you find the right unit for your home.

Dangers of Exposure to Cold Weather

As mentioned above, exposure to extremely cold weather can lead to injuries, one of which is frostnip, which occurs when ear lobes, noses, cheeks, fingers, and toes are exposed to the cold and the top layers of the skin freeze.

Chilblain is caused by extended or repeated exposure for several hours to temperatures as low as 32 degrees but not higher than 60 degrees Fahrenheit. There is redness, swelling, blisters, and pain in the affected area.

Immersion foot happens when the feet have been wet, but not freezing cold, for days or weeks. When exposed to temperatures up to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, there will be tingling, numbness, itching pain, and swelling of the legs, feet, and hands.

Trench foot results from prolonged exposure in a damp or wet environment from above freezing point to about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Its symptoms are similar to an immersion foot.

Hypothermia is caused when the body is exposed to intense cold without adequate clothing and unable to compensate for the heat loss, and the body’s core temperature starts to fall. This condition results in pain in exposed parts of the body followed by numbness as the temperatures drop or as the exposure time increases.

Having a working furnace eradicates these problems. With that in mind, consider this energy-efficient heating system from Lennox.

Features of the Lennox EL296E High-Efficiency, Two-Stage 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 the 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 a Limited Lifetime Warranty on the Heat Exchanger.

Ask the Heating Pros

For more information about this product, call Four Seasons Air Specialists, your reliable Woodbury furnace installation company.