Are you thinking about getting a new furnace? If your current model is frequently broken or needing repairs, then you know it’s time to talk to your American Weathermakers technician. A new furnace will be more efficient, drop your heating bills and keep you and your family more comfortable. Here are three tips about replacing your furnace.
Know if you should fix or replace
Here’s an easy way to decide if it’s time: if your furnace is beyond 75% of its life expectancy and the work would cost more than a third of a replacement cost. How do you know if it’s beyond its life expectancy? Look for the manufacturer date. Generally, furnaces last about 15 to 20 years, maybe another five or six years if it’s a high-quality brand and has been regularly maintained. However, we can always tell you our best recommendations about whether you should repair or replace so you get the most energy and comfort for your dollar.
Is it efficient?
Furnaces produced today are about 80% efficient (meaning 20% of the fuel energy goes up the chimney and out the door). However, you can get furnaces that go up to 98.5% efficient. This info is listed on the product information as the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating. But you will pay more since it’s more efficient will save you more energy and money in the long run. When you get quotes for a new furnace, your technician can go over the math to make sure you are getting the best deal for you. Maintaining an old furnace and doing repairs after repairs not just costs you those service costs, but also that wasted energy which is money lost forever. A new, efficient furnace is a long term, smart investment.
Check your ducts
Unmaintained air ducts can be a big source of inefficiency and, like we said, lost money on wasted energy. About a third of your heated air can be lost as it naturally drifts to unheated attic, crawlspace, or your basement. We can help improve your old ducts by removing the insulation, taping up gaps, and re-insulating. Even the best, most efficient furnace will not provide the complete benefits if your air ducts are not in good repair.
When the time comes to consider a new furnace, call us at 847.509.2024. We’re in your North Suburban neighborhood in the Chicagoland area, so if you’re in Evanston, Wilmette or Lake Forest, we can be at your home quickly. Our furnace options range from American Standard to Rheem to Bryant.