It’s the New Year. The old has passed, the new has come…or it should. If you’ve been hanging on to your old heating system because you don’t want to spend the money to replace it or upgrade, you may want to consider letting it go and moving on. Especially if the following is true:
Your furnace or boiler is 15 years or older
If your furnace or boiler is nearing 15 years old, consider replacing to save up to 20 percent on energy and avoid a breakdown in the middle of winter. Give yourself time to research, purchase the right equipment, and take advantage of money-saving deals.
You’re frequently calling your HVAC technician for repairs
Don’t misunderstand us; the Heating & Cooling team loves hearing from and visiting with our clients. But we also care about your pocketbook and peace of mind. If your heating system keeps breaking down, a new one may save you money in the long run and alleviate the stress you experience every time it stops working.
Your heating bill is higher than normal
If you notice your heating bill is higher than what you’d normally pay in the winter, your system may not be running efficiently. Modern technology provides many options for a more energy efficient system, like radiant heating, geothermal heat pumps, and air source heat pumps.
Your furnace short cycles
If your furnace is too big for your home, it may turn on and off more than it’s supposed to and cause more wear on the system. In addition, a dirty filter may not be letting enough air pass over the heat exchanger, causing the furnace to overheat and turn on and off in short intervals. So first, check your filter to see if it needs to be changed, but if problems persist, you may want to consider replacing it.
There’s a crack in your heat exchanger
Short cycling, old age, or poor maintenance could cause the heat exchanger to crack. Your heat exchanger transfers heat from one fluid (liquid or gas) to another and heats the air that passes through your home. If there’s a crack in the heat exchanger, your furnace could leak carbon monoxide and other flue gases into the household air supply.
You notice excessive accumulation of dust
If you notice your home is accumulating more dust than is normal, your air ducts could have leaks and are pulling particles from the attics and spreading them throughout your home. Sealing them off or insulating them would keep dust out and prevent warm air from leaking into your attic.
Your home is never heated evenly
Newer heating systems can be programmed so they’ll heat only certain zones in the home, a convenient technology called zoned heating. With programmable thermostats, you can easily save money and be more comfortable.
When you call your HVAC technician to inspect your furnace, the last thing you want to hear is that you need to replace your heating system. But it may be your best option. Letting go is never easy; Heating & Cooling Two is here to help. With seasonal maintenance, a heating system kept in good shape can last up to 20 years. Contact us to request maintenance service or for a free estimate.