What to Know Before You Replace Your Furnace
If you have an older system, the next heating season could be your furnace’s last. Give yourself time to make an informed decision about what you’re going to replace it with before it breaks down. Here are some key questions to ask about your existing furnace.
How Old Is Your Furnace?
A gas furnace more than 15 years old is past the average lifespan. The costs to replace major components when they fail (like heat exchangers) are going to outstrip the cost of a new unit.
Here’s a good rule of thumb: if the cost of service and parts is more than 40 percent of the cost to replace the unit, it’s time to replace it!
How Safe Is It?
As a furnace ages, components age and require repair, and the unit doesn’t burn fuel as efficiently as it once did. Natural gas and oil furnaces have the potential to produce deadly carbon monoxide.
How Efficient Is It?
The annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) is the percentage of fuel that produces heat for your comfort versus heat lost up the chimney. Older furnaces can have an AFUE of less than 75 percent.
The AFUE of new, high-efficiency gas-fired furnaces starts at 90 percent. An ENERGY STAR® gas-fired furnace is tops in it’s class, with an AFUE of at least 95 percent.
If the existing furnace was in place when you purchased the house or building, you may not know how old it actually is. The manufacturer’s serial number is on the furnace cover or the combustion chamber door. Contact the manufacturer with that number to find out when the unit was built.
Updating Your Furnace
Choosing the right high-efficiency furnace is key when you improve your heating system, because you’ll be more comfortable and save on your energy bill as well!
Take advantage of our free in-home consultation and estimating service. Let our expert team help you choose the right high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® Carrier furnace for your home. Our Carrier product line includes advanced technology such as two-stage and modulating furnaces, which save energy by adjusting heat output for optimal home comfort.
Energy efficiency improvements to your home can also save you money when you replace your boiler. Reducing air leakage and improving insulation levels will help reduce your heating bills for the long term! If your improvements are extensive enough, you may be able to purchase a smaller unit.
Investing in A Energy Efficient Furnace
AAA Northgate is a proud Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer. Every furnace we install is guaranteed to provide you with reliable, energy-efficient home comfort.
We offer replacement installations for systems of all sizes, from single family homes to multi-family buildings throughout Central Illinois. We know the challenge of budgeting for such large and crucial expense, that’s why we offer financing for all of our Carrier products.
If you plan on financing the purchase, the monthly savings on your utility bill may permit you to purchase a more efficient system.
Contact us today with your questions about replacing your furnace!