Winter is just around the corner in northern Michigan, so now is the perfect time to determine if you need a new furnace. If you’re wondering if this winter will be your furnace’s last, it may be time to consider an upgrade.
Important factors to take into consideration when deciding if it’s time for a furnace upgrade include:
Age – Take a few minutes to determine the age of your furnace. You can find this information by locating the serial number on the inside of the furnace cover and contacting the manufacturer for its age. A general rule of thumb is that you’ve surpassed the average life expectancy if it’s more than 15 years old.
Safety – A gas furnace is designed to combine high temperatures with an open flame. An outdated model will increase the likelihood this intentional design will produce deadly carbon monoxide gas. Replacing your furnace can have a significant effect on your family’s safety.
Upkeep – Since a furnace’s components are all manufactured at roughly the same time, they may begin to fail at the same time as well. When one component fails, it may just be the beginning of the end. Before investing in costly repairs, compare the total cost to the overall price of a new furnace.
Efficiency – If your furnace is over 15 years old, it may be operating with an Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) score of 76 or less. Today’s higher efficiency models have an AFUE score of 90 or more. This increase in efficiency will lower your utility bills over time and have a positive environmental impact.
If you’ve been wondering if you’re in need of a furnace upgrade, contact our team of experienced professionals at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We can help you decide whether this is the right time to upgrade your furnace in preparation for the upcoming Michigan winter.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about furnace upgrades and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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