New law requires furnaces with higher efficiency to be sold after May 1.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
As temperatures drop this fall, homeowners will prep their furnaces for another Chicagoland winter. Homeowners should have their furnace cleaned and inspected at least once a year, before they know they need it. Effective May 1, a government rule will require homeowners to buy more efficient—and more expensive, furnace units. Homeowners will no longer be able to buy chimney-vented furnaces anywhere north of the Mason-Dixon line. The new law will require installations of products with 90 percent efficiency or higher. Until then, homeowners can continue to purchase and install units with the average of 80 percent efficiency. The average life of a furnace is about 15 years. A well-maintained furnace, though, should last about 20 years. The …
Savings up to $600 a year are possible.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Monday, February 7, 2011
A record number of cold days in January, followed by a record snow to start February means 2011 is likely to be a season of record heating bills. For seniors and others on a fixed income, this can be especially challenging. Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition and Elmhurst Senior Commission encourage all residents to learn about the DuPage Low-income Weatherization Program, which offers grants to home owners who qualify and want assistance to permanently cut their energy bills. The program is offered to home owners living below certain income levels: $21,000 per year for a single person, $44,000 for a family of four. Households eligible for disability assistance or supplemental Social Security insurance may also qualify. Once accepted into the …