The average furnace can last as long as 25 years with a proper maintenance routine. Even the most meticulous homeowners, though, will eventually have to replace their units. If your unit has begun to lose efficiency and break down, it’s probably time to switch it out for a newer model.
How to Tell When Your Furnace is Obsolete
Age itself isn’t reason enough to buy a new furnace. These systems can last a surprisingly long time. There are some specific signs that you can look for to help you determine if your unit has reached the end of the line.
The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (Or ACEEE) recommends that any furnace with a coal burner be replaced; even if it has been modified to consume gas or oil. They also suggest that units with a pilot light (versus an electric ignition) be removed. These machines can be a bit less stable and are significantly less energy efficient.
If you notice a sharp spike in your winter energy bill, it’s evidence that your furnace is struggling to meet the demand. If you can’t seem to get your house warm enough or have noticed new noises coming from the unit, those indicate a possible replacement.
Choosing a New Furnace
Once you’ve determined that you need a new furnace, select the best fit for your home or office. Instead of simply ordering an exact replacement for your old unit, do some research. ACEEE says that most furnaces are grossly oversized. This can end up costing you quite a bit of money because larger units cost more. A good supplier will help you select a heating system based on your actual energy needs, rather than estimating based on square footage. This method takes other information into account, such as insulation and preferred temperature.
Efficiency and Return On Investment for Furnaces
Furnaces cost thousands of dollars, so choose a unit that will help cut costs as much as possible over the course of its life. The more effective your new system is, the sooner you will recoup your losses and have a unit that “pays for itself.” For example, if your current setup has a 65% efficiency rating and you upgrade to a model with a 95% efficiency rating, you’ll save approximately $32 for every $100 of heating costs. If your average monthly power bill before replacing our furnace was $300, you’ll be cutting back by an astounding $1,100 each year.
Selecting a Fuel Source
Consider the fuel source of your new unit. Even if you already have a gas-burning unit, you don’t have to continue to use it. Fossil fuel prices tend to fluctuate, so it’s difficult to tell how cost-effective another gas unit might be down the road. Examine some of the new alternatives, such as wood pellets. Find a fuel that is cheap and easy to acquire in your area and then select the appropriate furnace.
When you’re ready to replace your furnace, contact us. All Climate has some of the best heating systems and products on the market. Our team will help you find the heating system that best fits your home and budget. Ask about our convenient financing options.