Is it time for a new furnace? Charlotte, NC

August 22, 2022by admin

Have you started thinking about buying a new furnace for your home? If the cost of a repairs of your furnace exceeds 40 percent of the cost of new equipment, it may be better if you just replace them with a new heating system.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of purchasing a new furnace.

New equipment provides better comfort and peace of mind

A new furnace gives the owner peace and security, both because it is will reliably function during cold months and you can be assured that it will does so efficiently. Energy-efficient gas furnaces are customized to warm your home no matter what the weather conditions are like.

Higher AFUE (Annual Flue Utilization Efficiency)

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 Blower provides more comfort and savings for Charlotte homeowners

The most efficient gas furnaces usually have two heat exchangers, a sealed combustion chamber and a variable-speed blower.

Instead of beginning of the heating system’s heating cycle on the highest setting, the furnace can be set to run at a lower speed for greater efficiency. If it’s not heating your home rapidly enough then the higher speeds can be enabled. You could take advantage of these furnaces to deliver far more even temperatures inside your home. You will notice less temperature swings in your home, because of this, your furnace will end up consuming less fuel.


If a professional HVAC technician has found a cracked heat exchanger in your existing equipment – take this very seriously. If this happens, the gases 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.

Not only should you have your equipment inspected by one of Patterson Heating & Air Conditioning’s highly trained technicians, but you should also have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home.

Warranty is worth it for Charlotte residents

All professional HVAC contractors offer workmanship and installation warranties. This warranty covers the equipment if it is damaged during the installation process and performance issues related to the functionality of the equipment for one year from the installation date. 

Most HVAC equipment manufacturers offer extended warranty periods for homeowners who register the equipment with their company, once installed. This can be as much as double the coverage period of an unregistered warranty. Many brands offer extended warranties, coverage not included in the purchase price of new equipment, but it is purchased separately.

The first thing you should do after the installation of your equipment is register your furnace with the manufacturer. Some installation contractors offer to do it for you; however, make sure you have a confirmation sent to you.

Should I get a new furnace?

Remember, if you are thinking about getting a new furnace, keep in mind the fuel costs for the type of furnace you are looking into, the cost of repairs you may avoid with a newer unit as well as the warranty period for the new unit. Lastly, the efficiency of the newer furnace may also help decrease the monthly expense of heating your home. 

Contact the trusted professionals since 1945 at Patterson Heating & Air Conditioning.

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