Nobody likes to think about replacing the furnace in their home. Furnaces are expensive, and too many times the need to purchase one seems to come at an inconvenient time. The worst-case scenario is experiencing a furnace breakdown that cannot be repaired, causing you to have to make an emergency purchase. But with some careful research and planning, having a new furnace installed in your home can be a bit more painless, and could even save you money in the long run.
Even if your current furnace is running well, it’s never too late to start planning for the future. Starting a designated savings account for future home comfort purchases can help you be better prepared when the time comes. The earlier you can start to save, the better. And, taking measures to preserve the life of your system from the first year of installation will help, too. That’s as easy as signing up for annual preventive maintenance. Of course, you probably wonder how you can even guess when you may need a new furnace. There are a few factors you can take into consideration that will help you know just about when you’ll need to have a new furnace installed in your home.
Age of Current System
If your current furnace is new, congratulations! You probably won’t have to replace it for at least a decade. And, if you want it to last even longer, make sure you get yearly preventive maintenance and change your filters regularly during months of operation. But, if your furnace is nearing 10 to 15 years of age, you probably want to start thinking about replacement, even if it’s running well right now.
How are those monthly utility bills looking? Are they about the same as always (with current gas, oil and electricity prices factored in)? Or are you looking at bills that are through the roof? If your system isn’t running great, chances are it’s sapping your home energy supply. And, it’s a simple fact that older equipment is just not as efficient as its modern counterpart. According to ENERGY STAR, a 15-year old system is about 15 percent less efficient than a new system would be.
Need for Repairs
If you’re spending a lot in repairs for your furnace, you may be better off in the long run to consider replacement. Repairs can start to add up, and if you need to replace parts like the heat exchanger, motor or fan, costs will likely be higher. And, if your furnace is older or has not been properly maintained per manufacturer’s specifications, it may be out of warranty – so your out-of-pocket costs will be much more.
At Family Danz, we understand that replacing your furnace is a costly decision. That’s why we work hard to get you the best possible prices on high-quality, durable and efficient heating equipment. Not to mention, we offer the services you need to keep your furnace running well, year after year. And right now, we have special offers available to help you get into a system for much less. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685, and we’ll be more than happy to help you with your furnace needs.