Having a properly functioning heating system during New England winters is crucial. It is best to know that your boiler or furnace is ready to do its job before the cold sets in. How do you know it’s time to replace your heating system?
Repair or Replace?
According to Consumer Reports, it is recommended that you upgrade your furnace if repair costs exceed 50% of the cost of a replacement. If your heating system is older, however, you should consider a new furnace if the repair costs exceed 1/3 of the replacement costs.
How Old is Your Furnace?
If your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old, oversized or inefficient, the best step is to replace it with a new high-efficiency model. Modern heating systems can achieve efficiencies as high as 98.5%. This means nearly all of the fuel is being converted to useful heat for your home. Having a professional heating contractor size your furnace is also important. An undersized furnace will run constantly, greatly increasing your energy bills, while it attempts to heat your home. An oversized system is likely to cycle on and off too frequently which results in more repair calls.
Is Your Furnace Losing Efficiency?
If your furnace seems to be running non-stop that means it is working harder to maintain the temperature set on your thermostat. Increased energy costs can also be a sign that your heating system is losing efficiency since the harder it works the higher the heating bills.
Moving Anytime Soon?
Updated HVAC systems greatly improve your property value. If you are considering a move upgrading to a newer model could be viewed as a significant benefit to potential home buyers.
Any heating system potentially exposing you and your family to carbon dioxide needs to be replaced as soon as possible.
Because we live in a colder climate it makes sense to invest in the highest-efficiency system you can afford. Make sure to look for the ENERGY STAR® label. It is also important to make sure your home is energy efficient. This helps your furnace maintain its efficiency and keeps you and your loved ones comfortable all winter long.
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