When it comes to big-ticket home improvements, replacing a furnace is near the top of the list. We know it’s important for you and your family, so that’s why it’s important to know when is the right time to make that kind of investment. In this post, we’ll explore a few of the things you should consider if you are thinking about purchasing a new furnace for your home.
THE CLOCK IS TICKING
The first thing to consider about your current HVAC or furnace is its age. If you’re having issues with your current system, and it’s more than 15 years old, that’s an indicator that now could be the time for a replacement. Even if it seems to be running fine, once your unit hits 20 years, it could really start losing efficiency.
Modern furnaces are required to have an AFUE rating of at least 78, and ratings in the 90s are not uncommon for high-end models. AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) measures the average efficiency of fuel heating. Older systems aren’t likely to have comparable ratings. High monthly bills are an indicator that your system isn’t running as efficiently as it should.
If you’re constantly needing to get your car repaired, that means it’s time for a new car. The same is true for your furnace! Even small repair costs can add up, and just like replacing your car, at a certain point, it makes more sense to bite the bullet and invest in something brand new.
Some homes use separate heating and cooling systems, while others have an HVAC that takes care of both. If your home has a separate furnace and air conditioning system, and one needs to be replaced, it’s a good idea to at least consider the other component as well. This will help ensure that shared parts (such as the air handler) will match, thus improving efficiency.
The ultimate factor when replacing your furnace is your own comfort. When the temperature drops outside, are you able to stay comfortable inside? Can you adjust the thermostat and does your furnace respond? Are some rooms in your home getting more warm air than others? If you’re not comfortable, don’t suffer!
WORTH THE CALL
If you’re in the market for a new furnace, heat pump, or anything heating and air conditioning-related, The Bosworth Company is your one-stop shop! Make an appointment online, or call us today at (830) 428-2764. It’s Worth the Call. Always.