The answer to this question is simple: TO SAVE MONEY! If you haven’t replaced your furnace in the last 15 years or so, your furnace probably uses a standing pilot to start up the furnace. The biggest problem with standing pilots is that they use more gas than the newer electronic ignitions that come in the mid to high efficiency furnaces nowadays. Even if your unit isn’t in need of furnace repairs, the inefficiency of older units should be enough to convince you to convert as soon as possible.
A standing pilot uses a pilot assembly and a thermocouple to ignite. The pilot assembly is holding a constant flame, 24/7, 365 days a year! That means that the pilot is running even when you are not using the furnace. The pilot is using gas in between cycles of the furnace, and unless you shut it off in the summer, it is using gas all summer to stay lit. Many people don’t realize this but using a standing pilot could be costing you extra every month on your energy bills!
What is the alternative? You need to upgrade your unit to a furnace that uses an electronic ignition. Electronic ignitions do come in a couple different styles like direct spark, intermittent pilot, and hot surface. No matter which one the new furnace uses, it doesn’t have a constant flame. These newer pilots are able to light the unit only when the thermostat is calling for heat. These pilots extinguish themselves in between cycles. No more wasting gas!
Electronic ignitions are only one of the perks that come with purchasing a new from Lennox Home Comfort System Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning. Lennox units come in efficiencies as high as 98.2% AFUE. That old standing pilot furnace of your is probably somewhere around 60% AFUE. That means that 40% of the gas you pay for every month is being wasted, and that isn’t all because of the standing pilot.
If you would like more information about Lennox units or if you are interested in scheduling a free estimate with one of our expert salesman, give Four Seasons a call anytime 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. Whether you live in Chicago, Riverdale, Countryside, or Naperville, we are here to service you.
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