Frequently Asked Questions About Furnaces
As furnace-care professionals, we field a lot of questions about furnaces: How to size them, when to service them, and more. If the information provided here doesn’t fully answer your question, feel free to call us.
1) Confirm that your thermostat is set as intended.
2) Check your furnace filter and replace it if it is dirty.
3) Make sure the furnace is getting power. Check its circuit breaker; your furnace may also have a regular wall switch close by.
4) If your furnace runs on gas, confirm that your gas service is in order.
How often do I need to have my furnace serviced?
The standard rule of thumb is that you should call for a service check-up once a year. Annual servicing keeps your unit running at peak efficiency and helps to extend the lifespan of your heating system?
When do I know my furnace needs to be replaced?
Every furnace develops its own eccentricities as it grows older, but the following common symptoms usually signal that your furnace is close to its end:* Delayed ignition
* Reduced heat production
* Significant corrosion
* Odd smells (e.g. rotten eggs, sulfur, etc.)
* Frequent failure of the pilot light
A furnace is a significant investment, but there are significant advantages to spending the money. A new furnace pays dividends in the long term, and there is tremendous savings potential. A modern unit can be up to 60 percent more efficient than one that’s just 10 years old. When you replace a furnace that’s been in operation for more than a decade, you’ll typically see the cost of running it (on your electricity or gas bill) fall by 30 to 50 percent.
How do I choose the right furnace for my home’s needs?
The modern heating system market is a complicated place that offers you many different choices. We’d be happy to share our extensive professional experience to help guide you to the system that best suits your needs. Picking out the perfect system depends on many different factors, including the size and layout of your home; utility costs in our community and region; the possibility of using incentive/rebate programs; climate, and more. With our wealth of training, experience, and equipment, we can consider all the angles and ensure that you get the best equipment.
What’s the advantage of having my furnace installed by professionals?
As noted above, a new furnace is a significant investment. It’s also a complicated piece of machinery that needs to be carefully integrated into your home’s other heating equipment. Trust this job to an expert to make sure it’s done properly! A poor installation can reduce the efficiency of your heating system and even create health and safety hazards.
How much does a new heating system cost?
The price of a new furnace and/or heating system varies widely based on the equipment that best fits your home. If your ductwork needs repairs or upgrades, for example, this could add to the cost of a new installation. You can trust our professionals to consider your budget when they work out the best heating solution for your home. Remember, we never charge for an in-home consultation and replacement proposal?
How big a furnace does my home need?
Unfortunately, there is no quick and easy rule of thumb for sizing a heating system. It’s not simply a matter of square footage; you also need to consider construction materials, ceiling heights, floor plan, energy efficiency, and much more. A truly efficient system that’s properly sized for your home has to start with a heating load calculation performed by an experienced professional. One of our licensed technicians can get this process started during a free assessment; call to schedule yours today.
In a word, no. An over-capacity heating system is a bad thing. Your furnace is at its least efficient when it runs frequently and briefly, and this is exactly how an oversize system works. The frequent “start and stop” operation you get from an oversize furnace is less efficient, more costly, and less comfortable than that provided by a properly-sized one.
What’s the best time of year for a furnace replacement?
While in some cases you will have to install a new furnace immediately, if you have a professional giving you some advanced notice, you can pick the ideal time for a replacement. In such a situation, it’s best to install a new furnace in the summer or early autumn.
What can I do to reduce my utility bills?
Obviously, it helps cut down on your utility costs if you turn off lights, appliances, and other equipment when you don’t need it. You can use a programmable thermostat to do the same thing with your heating system. This will allow you to automatically reduce your system’s target temperature at night and when your house is empty. You can also reduce your costs significantly by installing a high-efficiency furnace. A new high-efficiency model offers an energy efficiency increase of up to 42 percent when compared with an older standard-efficiency furnace.
Programmable thermostats offer a wide range of features, and capabilities vary from model to model. One thing they all have in common, thanks to their electronic operation, is that they track temperature more accurately than a traditional mercury model. The other core benefit you get from any programmable thermostat is completely automated temperature adjustment. This frees you from having to worry about changing the setting — or paying more on your utility bills if you forget!
What is an ENERGY STAR furnace?
When you see the ENERGY STAR logo on a furnace or other piece of heating or cooling equipment, what it means is that the unit is designed to exceed federal regulatory standards for energy efficiency, often by a significant margin. An ENERGY STAR system will reduce your home’s environmental footprint while also costing less to operate.
How long does a furnace last?
A normal standard-efficiency furnace will give 15 to 18 years of service with regular professional maintenance. High-efficiency furnaces are slightly less durable, usually requiring replacement after 12 to 14 years. If you know your furnace is more than 10 years old, start monitoring it more carefully and considering a replacement.
What’s the most efficient way to run my heating system?
Your system’s lifespan and operating costs depend on how you use it. To maximize efficiency, use the following basic tips:
* Change the temperature on your thermostat no more than you have to
* Keep your furnace clear of dust, dirt, and debris (an ordinary vacuum cleaner helps)
* Replace or clean your filters regularly
* Have your system serviced annually by a trained technician