Winter is almost upon us, leaves have fallen off the trees, the days are getting shorter, and Old Man Winter is breathing his frosty breath down our necks. Now is the time to ensure your furnace can get you through the winter. As cooler weather approaches, you should have your home heating system evaluated for efficiency and safety. Is your furnace up to the task of keeping your home warm and cozy this winter? Here is a checklist to help you determine if it is time to shop for a furnace replacement or at give your existing heat system a tune-up.
Furnace Replacement Checklist
If your furnace is 15 years old or older, there is a good chance it needs to be replaced. It is very likely not operating at maximum efficiency, and your utility bills are probably higher than they could be with a newer, more energy efficient and cost-efficient model. If you have a furnace repair that costs more than 50 percent of the price of a new furnace, you should replace your existing unit, as it is likely to require more repair soon. You should consider a furnace replacement if your unit is over 20 years old because most last 20 years or more. You can find the typical lifespan of your furnace in the owner’s manual or by calling the manufacturer with the unit’s model number.
2. Increase in energy bills.
If you’re noticing a higher utility bill, there may be some lower cost solutions in lieu of replacing your furnace. Options include updating your thermostat to a programmable or smart thermostat, changing filters, purchasing an electric fireplace or portable heaters, and cleaning or updating your duct system. The older your furnace is, the harder it must work to heat your home. This results in higher energy bills and more frequent repairs. The amount of money you will save by purchasing a furnace replacement that is more efficient, will be worth the initial cost.
3. Hot and cold zones in your home.
An inefficient, older furnace can cause hot and cold zone in your home, with some rooms being colder or warmer than others. This is likely the result of an old furnace and outdated duct system losing its ability to distribute heat evenly throughout the house.
4. Visible soot around the registers.
An older furnace can spew out dust, dirt, or rust particles, which can be dangerous to the health and welfare of you and your loved ones. If you see visible soot, rust, or debris around the furnace or registers, this is a sign you should look into a furnace replacement or should have yours serviced or repaired. Excessive dryness can also affect furniture, musical instruments, and plants in your house, and irritate your eyes, throats, and sinuses. Your house air may feel stuffy or stale, and you may notice you have to dust the furniture more often. If anyone in your family suffers from dry skin or allergies to airborne dust, mold, pollen, viruses, or pet dander, they may notice increasing discomfort due to an older furnace’s lack of ability to moisturize and clean the air.
It is important to not put off getting a furnace replacement because furnaces also present a silent danger to your health; carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a by-product of combustion, and is present whenever fuel is burned. Common gas or oil furnaces can produce this deadly gas, as can gas clothes dryers, gas ranges, gas water heaters or space heaters, fireplaces, charcoal grills, and wood burning stoves. Carbon monoxide is an extremely dangerous flammable, colorless, odorless, tasteless, toxic gas which can reach fatal levels in your home without ever being detected. If you do not already have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home, you should do so before winter strikes.
Furnaces make sounds such as rattling, popping, banging, humming, or squealing. These annoying sounds could be warning signs indicating the need for a furnace replacement. If you start noticing unusual sounds coming from your furnace, call the professionals at Affordable Plumbing and Heat. Any number of issues could cause your furnace to become noisy, and it is always best to have a professional technician evaluate the source and determine the best way to resolve the problem.
If you need a dependable heating and plumbing company to perform your residential furnace replacement, service, Affordable Plumbing and Heat is the one to call. Also make sure to check out our plumbing and heating offers as well as our other services.
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