Are you thinking about buying a completely new furnace for your residence? If the estimated cost of repairs for a furnace exceeds 40% of the cost of brand new equipment, it may be wiser to simply replace them with a brand new heating system.
Let’s take a look at what benefits there may be for you to replace your existing heating system with a new one instead of continuing repairs.
Reliability you can count on
A new central heating system ensures you are safe and cozy, because your residence will be warmed with energy efficiency and a reliable unit. A sturdy furnace provides confidence from cold months along with assurance about its efficient operation. Energy-efficient gas furnaces are designed for heating your home no matter the present conditions. Newer systems will have Higher AFUE Rating (Annual Flue Utilization Efficiency) and end up costing less to run than your current system.
If your current furnace is over 15 years old, it is probably not working as efficiently as it once did. If your electrical bill is higher than in previous years, it could be due to an old furnace. Installing a new furnace will help lower your home’s energy bills.
Older systems may operate around 65% AFUE, or annual fuel utilization efficiently. AFUE is a measurement of the thermal efficiency of any combustion equipment such as a furnace, boiler, or water heater.
When a heating system has a 65% AFUE rating, it produces 65 BTU’s of useful heating for every 100 BTU’s of natural gas, or heating oil output. A high-efficiency or condensing gas furnace has AFUE ratings of over 90%. The energy savings can pay for the initial investment of new equipment in only a few years.
Variable Speed Blowers
Most gas furnaces have two heat exchangers, a sealed combustion chamber, and a variable-speed blower. Once the heating system’s heating cycle begins, the blower can be set to heat your home at an efficient rate. If it heats your home too slowly, the blower speed can be increased. Your system will only use the minimum power needed to properly heat your home and avoid wasted energy.
If a professional HVAC technician has found a cracked heat exchanger in your existing equipment – take this very seriously. If this happens, the gasses in your heating system, such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide, could leak into your home, causing illness, or in extreme cases death. If enough combustible gas builds up in your home, it can lead to a furnace fire. Proper and regular maintenance appointments will be able to check your system for any damage or potential points of concern.
Protection with Warranties
Most HVAC contractors guarantee their work and the installation for 1 year after the installation is performed. The warranty covers malfunctions of the equipment resulting from the installation.
In most instances, HVAC manufacturers offer homeowners services like a warranty for their equipment for as long as they register it through the manufacturer, unlike an unregistered warranty which may not be as long.
Is a new system right for you?
If you choose to purchase a new furnace in the past, remember to keep in mind the cost of repairs that could be prevented with a new furnace, plus the length of time of a warranty on the new system.
The professionals at Patterson Heating and Air Conditioning will be able to give you the best insight for what is the best and most economical option for you and your home.
Contact us today for a free quote, and discuss the options that best fit your needs.