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How much electricity does my furnace motor use?
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How much electricity does a one-third horsepower electric motor on a Lennox 6000 natural gas furnace use and what is the average cost for continual use of it for thirty days?
Horsepower ratings of furnaces don't directly translate into power consumption. Technically, 1/3 horsepower is equal to 248 watts, but given inefficiencies and the way motors are rated, the actual power consumption may be 600 or 700 watts. If there is a rating available in watts or amps, you could get a more accurate answer. We don't have the technical specifications for your particular furnace, so we'll use 600 watts, for argument's sake. If this is a high-efficiency motor, the actual number will be less. In 30 days, there are a total of (24x30) 720 hours. If the motor is running continuously, that's (720x600) 432,000 watt-hours, or 432 kWh. To get the cost, you'll need to know how much electricity costs you. If electricity cost you $0.10 per kWh, the total cost is (0.10x432) $43.20 per month, not an insignificant figure.
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