When Should You Replace Your Furnace?

December 30, 2014

Replacing your home’s HVAC system may seem like an intimidating job, but it’s simple if you know what options to look for. We’ve put together the definitive “things to consider” checklist to help you take the plunge:

Some of your rooms are too hot or cold

Duct difficulties, inadequate air sealing or insulation might be the cause. No matter how efficient your heating and cooling system is, if your home is not properly sealed and insulated against air leakage, you might not be as comfortable and your system may have to work harder.

Your home has humidity problems and/or excessive dust

Poorly operating or inadequately sized equipment could be the issue. Leaky ductwork may also cause these problems, so having it sealed might be a solution. Monthly maintenance of your heating and cooling equipment’s filters might also help.

Your cooling system is noisy

Your duct system could be inadequately sized or there might be a problem with the indoor coil of your cooling equipment.

Your equipment needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up

In addition to the increase in energy costs, the age and condition of your heating and cooling equipment may have caused it to become less efficient.

Your air conditioner or heat pump is more than 12 years old

Contemplate replacing it with newer, more efficient equipment. And, remember, high efficiency levels begin with ENERGY STAR®.

Your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old

Contemplate replacing it with ENERGY STAR qualified equipment. ENERGY STAR has set high efficiency guidelines for both types of heating systems.

You leave your thermostat set at one constant temperature

You could be missing a great energy-saving opportunity. A programmable thermostat adjusts your home’s temperature at times when you’re regularly away or sleeping.

If you have any question whether or not it’s time to replace your furnace, feel free to give us a call at 318-855-2326 to hear more about how you can boost your energy efficiency.