FAQ - Furnace Questions and Answers
Furnaces are a useful appliance to have your home, especially when they work efficiently. However, they need maintenance and servicing to negate the possibility of something going wrong, which can be frustrating. Herein we will answer some of the most common questions that people have regarding the furnaces and their maintenance. If you have any questions that we have not answered, contact us, and we will answer your questions.
Before calling a technician to service your furnace, check the following:
#1. Is the furnace filter clean?
#2. Have you set the correct temperature on your thermostat?
#3. Is the power supply to the thermostat working correctly? Is your thermostat switched on? Did the heater trip the circuit breaker?
#4. Is the gas supply working correctly (if you use a gas furnace)?
How Often Should You Have Your Furnace Serviced?
The rule of thumb is to service your furnace at least once every year. An annual service will ensure your furnace keeps working efficiently. Moreover, it could also extend the life of the furnace.
What Are Some Typical Signs That You Need to Replace Your Furnace?
Every furnace make and model comes with its own set of quirks. As such, you should expect your furnace to show issues in different and unique ways. Some of the common problems older furnaces exhibit include:
– Extensive corrosion,
– Slow to ignite,
– Producing an unpleasant odor, and
– Providing lower heat levels than before, and
– Having issues with the pilot issues on the gas furnace.
Why Should I Decide on a Furnace Replacement?
Buying a new furnace is an expensive affair. Most of the time, however, it is a worthy investment. This is especially the case when you have an old furnace that is need of constant repairs. The range of new furnace models run as much as 60% more efficiently than earlier models. This is far cheaper and greener. Replacing a unit with 10 to 15 years of services can help reduce your utility bills by about a third or more.
How Do I Select the Right Furnace for My Needs?
There are numerous considerations to have in mind while choosing a furnace that will meet your needs. For instance, it will depend on the size of your property, its age, the number of rooms in the property, and, crucially, the climate in your area. Additionally, local issues such as rebate programs, utility bills, and regional incentives can influence the upfront and running costs associated with your furnace upgrade.
With these considerations in mind, consider consulting a heating professional on the matter relating to furnace features, and the advantages of different furnace models available. Moreover, ensure they advise you on the affordability of furnace acquisition and running costs.
Why Should I Hire A Professional Furnace Installation Company to Install My Furnace?
Heating systems are complex to understand and handle with proficiency. As such, for the best results, you should consider hiring professionals to install your new heating system. If you do not install your furnace correctly, you risk energy and money wastage at best. In worse case scenarios, you risk endangering your property and everyone in it. A professional furnace installation company does not cut corners and works to install the furnace as professionally as possible.
How Much Does A New Furnace Cost?
Numerous factors influence the cost of purchasing and installing a new furnace. The size of the property, the condition of existing ductwork, and the efficiency of the new appliance will influence the overall cost. For a better understanding of the cost implication, consult a professional heating company and ask for recommendations that suit your budget.
What Is the Most Appropriate Furnace Size for a Residential Property?
Unfortunately, there is no simple, straightforward answer to the question of which size of the heating system is suitable for a home. Numerous factors affect the load placed upon the furnace. Some of these factors include the height of your ceiling, the size and location of your windows, the type of materials your house is made of, and the layout of various rooms in your home. You should take into consideration all these factors when determining the size of heating and cooling systems to install. Contact us for a free, non-obligatory assessment.
Is Bigger Always Better When It Comes Furnaces?
Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to furnaces. A bigger furnace will cost more in the acquisition and running while still be less effective in the long run. Heaters are inherently less powerful right after switching them on. Wit ha bigger furnace, it will run in short cycles of switching on and off, which will inadvertently cause the furnace to run at its least efficient phase continually. You will never take full (or any) advantage of the efficiency of the system.
When Is the Right Time of Year to Buy a New Furnace?
Ideally, you should replace your old furnace during the summer months. It is still possible to install your heater during winter months should the need arise. However, you should entrust such a complex project to a professionally experienced technician.
When Should You Replace Your Furnace?
With proper maintenance, a standard furnace model should last anywhere between 15 years and 18 years. High-efficiency furnaces, however, can last between 12 and 14 years. If your furnace is more than 10 years old, monitor it carefully for any signs of efficiency loss and or damages.
How Can I Reduce Energy Usage?
Minimizing your lighting, appliance, and heating usage will save you money on your utility bills. To reduce energy usage on your furnace, use a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature when you are out of the house and at night. Additionally, invest in a high-efficiency heater that can save you tremendous amounts of money compared to the standard furnaces. Consider this; modern furnaces have an efficiency rating of about 97% while the standard furnaces on the market 10 years ago had a 55% efficiency rating.
Does the ENERGY STAR Logo Really Matter?
The ENERGY STAR logo is indicative that the HVAC appliance is more efficient than what the minimum federal standards stipulate. Buying a furnace with an ENERGY STAR logo gives you a modern experience, and it will save you money and reduce your carbon footprint as well. Importantly, the energy efficiency will not affect the quality of heating you experience.
How Can I Ensure My Heating is as Efficient as Possible?
The first step is to choose an energy-efficient furnace. Additionally, you should try the following tips:
– Set your thermostat at a consistent temperature,
– Change or clean the filter as the manufacturers recommend,
– Reduce dirt and debris build-up on your furnace, and
– Have a professional technician inspect and service the unit at least once a year.
Why Should I Use A Programmable Thermostat?
Programmable thermostats are typically more accurate than traditional thermostats that use Mercury to measure temperature. Moreover, a programmable thermostat accord homeowners will more temperature control freedom. You can set the temperature in property to change with the different temperatures throughout the day. This negates the possibility of leaving your furnace on full blast all day, even when you are at out.
What Is the Best Air Filter?
The best air filter is one that is fine enough to filter minute dust and pollutants and easy to clean. This will keep your HVAC system running efficiently and cleanly.