It’s getting to be that time of year again when we are forced to shut off the air conditioner and become mindful of the furnace. You may know that the last thing you want is for your furnace to breakdown, but are you fully prepared to make sure that doesn’t happen? Here are a few frequently asked questions about furnace maintenance and furnace repair that will help you to keep your home cozy and warm this winter.
Questions about furnace replacement surface a lot around this time of year. If you find yourself wondering whether or not the benefits of a new and improved, energy efficient furnace outweigh the cost of maintenance and repair on your old one, consider these two main factors - the age of your furnace and its current condition.
Furnaces that are more than 10 years old can cause between 30% and 50% of your energy to escape through your pipes, resulting in significantly inflated energy bills. Advances in the energy efficiency of today’s furnaces can help to reduce your energy consumption drastically with the installation of a new heating system.
The age of your furnace aside, if you have not had your furnace serviced regularly by a furnace maintenance professional, the wear and tear on your furnace may be reason for you to invest in a new heating unit. Furnaces can be susceptible to all kinds of issues, and the wear they take without proper maintenance can sometimes make it more economical to put your money toward a new furnace altogether than to fix everything that is wrong with your current unit.
There are some furnace maintenance tasks such as cleaning or replacing your filter that you can perform by yourself; however it is recommended that you have a furnace maintenance professional examine your furnace at least once every two years. Also, if you are having issues with your furnace that you cannot take care of on your own, contacting a furnace repair contractor is suggested.
There are also a number of other factors that influence how frequently you should have your furnace checked out by a professional, including the number of people (children in particular) living in your home, the types of pets you own, the age of your furnace, and any changes in your energy bills.