Whether you are thinking about getting a new HVAC system or musing about making repairs or upgrading equipment to extend the life of an existing system, there are some key points to weigh up. These include analyzing the effective life of different heating and cooling systems, comparing purchase and installation costs, and determining ongoing maintenance and operating costs. Ever-popular gas furnaces must be one of these systems you look closely at.
Why are Gas Furnaces so Popular?
Gas furnaces have low operating costs, due in part to low natural gas prices. They are also highly efficient, being able to quickly pump out hot air and warm the home environment. Improvements in condensing gas furnace technology have raised the bar in heating efficiency even further, reducing power bills significantly.
Gas Furnace Lifespan
High efficiency and low running costs of gas furnaces therefore stack up in analysis of home heating and cooling equipment. They also look good in the longevity area, with an average life span around the 18 to 25 year mark. Getting the longest life out of your gas furnace includes:
- How often it is used – higher use brings about high wear and tear on the mechanisms that stop and start the equipment. North Michigan’s climate with cool autumn and spring seasons and very cold winters, make for high use of HVAC systems and benefit from gas furnace efficiency.
- Regular maintenance will extend the life of any system and help identify issues before they become big problems. Cleaning ductwork, replacing filters, ensuring furnace fans are operating at top efficiency keeps your running costs low and system lifespan higher.
- Choose the correct size gas furnace system that is designed to meet the needs of your home. The right system will operate with less strain and have a longer life.
Free Expert Advice
For no-obligation expert advice about gas furnaces and other issues related to home comfort, please contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. For more than 30 years, we have been serving the Grand Traverse County, Michigan, and the surrounding area.
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 gas furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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