Lennox Residential has launched its Elite Series EL296E, a high-efficiency, two-stage gas furnace, which the company says will help users lower utility bills. The new line has two-stage operation and a 96 percent annual fuel utilization efficiency rating. When paired with a Lennox electric heat pump, the Energy Star-qualified furnace offers the efficiency of dual-fuel, creating a system that can use either gas or electricity to provide heat. The furnace offers a 33-inch profile that allows for use of the larger coils needed for high-efficiency systems and IAQ accessories, even in limited-space applications. Top venting and combustion air connections, along with full-length, factory-formed discharge flanges allow for easier installation, the manufacturer says. The EL296E includes a limited lifetime warranty on the heat exchanger, and a 10-year limited warranty on all remaining covered components.

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