In a bid to lower their carbon footprint, some American households have opted to switch to electric furnaces instead of gas.
A new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest says that while electric furnace technology is gaining ground, a number of other advanced technologies are still at the drawing board.
The report, titled The Future of Appliance Technology: How to Improve Efficiency in the Energy Industry, is based on research conducted by the Center’s Energy Efficiency & Energy Research Program.
“The report shows that electric furnace technology has a long way to go, and it’s important to consider it in light of climate change, air quality, water pollution and other environmental issues,” said Brian L. Clements, executive director of the Center.
According to the report, electric furnishers can be as much as 5% more efficient than gas furnaces in terms of cooling performance.
In addition, electric furnace-style appliances have the ability to deliver up to 15% more energy output per watt, compared to gas furnishes, the report said.
As with many technologies, it can be challenging to find the right combination of technologies to meet your energy needs.
The report says the right balance of technologies can be a challenge, particularly in the early stages of the transition to electric furnace.
It also found that some technologies are so advanced that the energy efficiency of an electric furnace is dependent on the design, performance, installation and installation efficiency.
With that in mind, consumers should consider their choices carefully.
Many new electric furnishing models have been designed to be less energy efficient than conventional gas furnishers, which are usually more expensive.
However, the Center recommends that customers who are considering buying a new electric furnace make sure to consider the following factors: The furnace is being installed by a certified installer, meaning the manufacturer certifies the furnace’s design and performance.
The installer should have at least a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or another related field.
The furnace should have been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The installation should not require significant renovations, and the furnace should not be in the home where it will pose a health hazard.
The manufacturer should provide a complete installation guide.
If the installer does not meet the above criteria, customers should contact the manufacturer.
Clements said the report’s findings also indicate that electric furnace owners can choose to purchase a second, “alternative” furnace, which has higher efficiency than the one installed by the original manufacturer.
“When we look at alternatives, they’re actually quite comparable in performance to gas, so consumers can choose whichever furnace they think is the best for them,” Clements said.
“We can look at this as a cost-saving measure, or an energy-saving strategy, but I think it’s really important to keep the discussion about the best option.”
The Center says it will be releasing a follow-up report in the fall detailing the next steps on the path toward achieving its goal of eliminating carbon emissions by 2050.
This story is being updated throughout the day to reflect information from the report.