The basic electric powered, gas or oil furnace will usually last for up to 12 to 15 years. But, once your heating equipment reaches its life expectancy, homeowners can begin to see signs of heating problems. So, being familiar with a few signs that it is time to get a new furnace will allow you to plan for the furnace installation. This way you will be able to get a new furnace that is just right for your home and that has the features and efficiency rating that you want to have.
High Heating Bills and Furnace Repairs
A sure sign that your furnace may be losing its effectiveness is a sudden increase in your heating bills. If the power rates have not changed and the daily temperatures are closed to last years, then the jump in energy usage is most likely a result of an aging furnace. Plus, the increase in heating costs may even happen in spite of your best attempts to lower the thermostat. So, replacing your inefficient furnace with a new, Energy Star-rated model will result in savings of almost 20 percent on your monthly heating costs.
Uncomfortable Indoor Environment with a Furnace
Having a problem with the comfort level in your home suggests that the furnace is not doing its job of regulating the temperature and humidity level. A furnace that is functioning poorly may not provide enough heat to keep your home warm. Some areas may end up too cold while other areas can be too warm. The poor indoor air quality may be due to the less efficient and worn out air filters. Humidity levels that are too high or too low can make for an uncomfortable home and lead to issues such as dry and itchy skin or even see an increase in the mold growth in the damp spaces throughout your home.
Frequent Furnace Breakdowns
While furnaces need repairs from time to time, it is to be expected that an older furnace would need more frequent repairs. As the furnace ages, the wiring, switches, belts or motors will experience a lot of wear and tear. One month you may need to replace the thermocouple and the next month it could be the fan belt. The next month, the entire motor can go, resulting in high and costly repair bills. Instead of fixing an old system, getting a new furnace will avoid the frustration and expense of frequent repairs.
At Heating Cooling Chapel Hill, our technicians understand that buying a new furnace is not an easy undertaking. Your furnace plays a vital role in your comfort and health and the enjoyment of your living space. We will take the time to help you understand each different system and its features so you can make an informed decision. Call today to schedule an appointment and learn about our furnace installation services.
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