We are often asked by Greenville SC residence, “When should I replace my heating equipment?”
In this post we will give our fellow Greenville SC readers some helpful information on just this topic.
During the icy winter months, a reliable heating system is a great source of comfort in the home. If you are having problems with your furnace or your energy bills seem astronomically high, it may be time to replace home heating equipment. How do you know whether you should replace or repair? These hot tips will help you decide what needs to be done.
Before rushing out to replace home heating equipment, there are some factors that should be considered. The first thing you should take into account is the age of your furnace. Energy Star recommends that furnaces be replaced every 15 years; however, a well-maintained system can last up to 25 years.
Older furnaces are far less efficient than recently developed ones. Investing in an Energy-Star-certified system is a good idea if you want to save on your energy consumption. Older furnaces generally have an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) of 60 to 70 percent. These days, the minimum AFUE is 80 percent, with some systems capable of up to 93 percent. With an Energy-Star-certified heating system, it is possible to save up to 20 percent on your energy bill in the long run.
You may have a furnace that is not too old but still requires some TLC. Here are a few things you can investigate for yourself, and they may not cost too much to repair:
- There may be some faulty or damaged wiring in your system. This can easily be repaired by an electrician.
- A clogged filter can cause your system to operate inefficiently. This issue is relatively cheap and easily replaceable.
- Your pilot light may need to be replaced.
- If you find that some of the rooms in your home are not being heated sufficiently, there may need to be some repairs done to leaky or damaged duct work.
read the full post here, by Nicholas Pedersen, Angie’s List contributor
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