As winter approaches, you need to be proactive about maintaining certain items in your home, and furnaces usually take center stage. You don’t want a crisis situation to necessitate a repair or replacement. Usually when this occurs, your buying decisions are made in a rush. So, if you’re thinking about upgrading your furnace, here are a few tips you should consider.
How Old is Your Furnace?
Most furnaces are built to last about 18 years. If your furnace has a pilot light, then it’s at least 25 years old. It’s best to think of upgrading your furnace as a home improvement project, rather than fixing it when it breaks. We all know how January winters in Arkansas can get pretty chilly, so avoiding a disaster is crucial.
Are You Paying More for Utilities?
If your gas bill is going up every year, higher prices may not be the only reason. A poorly maintained furnace might be running harder to generate the same amount of heat. So check your heating bills and see if your usage has increased and not your rate.
Is Your Furnace Making Strange Noises?
Don’t ignore the noises your furnace makes, especially if you haven’t heard them before. It’s definitely trying to tell you something. This is a sign that upgrading your furnace is a good idea. If you’ve had the repair guy in more than two or three times during the last couple of winters, this is a sign that a new furnace could be in your immediate future.
Are You Comfortable?
Are you always adjusting your thermostat? Does it feel like no matter what temperature you select, your home is either too cold or too hot? This might be an indicator that your furnace is malfunctioning and not distributing air properly.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Springdale, Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about upgrading your furnace and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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