Rebates! Rebates! Rebates! Part Two: Coweta-Fayette EMC and Georgia Power

The following applies to single family residential homes….contact your local utility company for more information, or just call us at 770-253-2665 and we’ll do our best to get the answer for you!

Coweta-Fayette EMC – 770.502.0226

– Units need to have a 14.5 SEER or higher energy rating, on equipments replaced since January 1, 2013

  • $275 gas to electric heat pumps
  • $150 gas to dual fuel heat pumps
  • $75 for heat pump replacements
  • $500 geothermal
  • $250 – heat pump water heaters
  • $250 – gas to electric water heaters
  • $150 – R11 to R38 attic insulation, $90 for R19 to R38
  • $150 for R13 floor insulation
  • $75 for AC replacement [15 SEER minimum]
  • $25 per window for double-pane or storm windows [up to 8 windows]

Georgia Power  – 800.524.2421 x950

– Equipment installed between January 14, 2013 and August 31, 2013 with notification to Georgia Power by August 31, 2013

  • $400 rebate for 15 SEER heat pump
  • $200 rebate for 13-14.9 SEER heat pump

Would you like to talk to someone about replacing your system? Call us at 770-253-2665 for your FREE in home evaluation.

 

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Benefits of Gas Heating

Gas furnaces use natural gas to power the heat source for a building’s heater. A gas furnace has a higher running temperature than many other heating sources such as electric. The average running temperature of a gas furnace is around 125 to 140 degrees F. Gas furnaces can either be installed as a floor or wall unit. Usually the structure and ductwork in the house determine which system should be used. Gas furnaces are unique because they use external air for combustion and venting.

A higher running temperature ensures that houses are kept warmer and at a more consistent temperature. The ability to offer a consistent heat can also cut down on operation costs and heating bills. Gas furnaces also have a longer lifespan than most electric furnaces. This means that the yearly cost of owning a gas furnace is more economical than owning an electric furnace. Repairs and maintenance on a gas furnace are also less expensive than electric.

The cost of gas furnaces can vary by model, type and location. Additional factors such as the age of the unit, the installation costs, the price of natural gas and how cold your geographic location is can also affect the final cost of a gas furnace.

While there are many benefits to owning a gas furnace, there are also some drawbacks. The price of natural gas is not a steady price, and the fluctuation of gas prices can cause gas furnace operation costs to skyrocket during peak times of use. Natural gas can also leak causing fires or inhalation sickness.

Each gas furnace has many of the same components. Gas furnaces operate through the use of combustion air intakes. Gas furnaces use gas to fuel the small burner flame that heats the air. Each furnace also has an intake and exit vent to keep the fire lit and to provide ventilation for the system. A motor is included to push and pull the heated air to heat exchangers and into the air duct system to heat the entire house. Air filters are important to keep dust and other particles out of the system which can cause fires and blockage to the valves.


Heating FAQ: Part 4, More Gas

Another post in our commonly asked questions series…more about gas that heats your home. Remember to ask questions in our comments section if we have not listed yours yet, and we’d be glad to help you!

What is AFUE?

– AFUE is the abbreviation for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency ratio. AFUE is used to rate furnace efficiencies by dividing the ratio of heat output by heat input. This measurement describes how well fuel, gas or oil is consumed to produce heat by a furnace. As the AFUE rate increases, the efficiency of your furnace also increases, lowering your fuel costs.

I would like to put a propane gas furnace in my basement because natural gas is not available, but I was not allowed to. Why is this?

– Code requirements for furnace installations are a protection for homeowners. In this case, the concern is that propane gas [since propane is heavier than air] may accumulate in the basement and lead to a dangerous situation. Please discuss any installation questions with your local heating contractor or local building authority.

Which fuel type is the least expensive to operate?

– This is something that is constantly changing. Propane and oil fuel pricing are not regulated by the government so they fluctuate by market supply and demands. Electricity and natural gas are regulated by the Public Utility Commission, so those prices are more stable. A dual-fuel system [i.e., natural gas and a heat pump] is recommended so you are not dependent upon one fuel source establishing your cost of operation.

What fuel type is the least comfortable?

– A heat pump the least comfortable due to the tepid temperature of the air. The temp of the air changes about twenty degrees coming out of the registers. If you have your thermostat set at 73 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, the air coming out of the registers will be about 93 degree Fahrenheit. Since your body temp is about 98 degrees Fahrenheit, this air will feel cool. A home heated with a heat pump will often need a humidifier to feel warm in the winter.

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