Is your home in need of a heating system upgrade? There are signs that can tell you if it is time for a heating system upgrade. Ask yourself these questions to determine if it is time to start shopping for a new system:
- Is my furnace running more than in the past years?
- Have my energy bills increased?
- Is my system more than ten years old and not keeping my home comfortable?
If you answer yes to any of these questions may mean it is time for a heating system upgrade.
Not So Fast
A new heating system is a big investment. Before you decide to upgrade, check your home for air leaks. A house full of air leaks could be the culprit behind rising energy bills and discomfort. Treating air leaks are far less expensive than buying a new system.
Why should you do this before investing in a heating system upgrade? A house that is sealed and insulated properly will help your heating system run much more efficiently. Even if you eventually decide to replace your system anyway, added insulation and a properly sealed home will make your new system more efficient.
If you decide on a heating system upgrade, you are probably going to want to hire a qualified HVAC professional to do the installation. This is not the type of project that the average do-it-yourselfer is going to want to tackle on their own.
Why Hire a Professional?
There are a few reasons:
- Installing the wrong size system can leak carbon monoxide into your home, promote mold growth, and start fires.
- Improper installation can void the manufacturer’s warranty.
- Redoing any parts of the project will cost you money and time.
A professional can get it done right the first time. They will make sure your HVAC system upgrade is sized correctly for your home, and make sure the installation is done safely and up to code.
For more information on upgrading your heating system or on getting an energy assessment in Grand Traverse County, Michigan, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
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 heating systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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