What Can You Expect in the Life of Your Furnace?
Often times being a “Heating Guy” comes with a sense of satisfaction not found in many lines of work. Being the hero and making a family warm again is something I hear the guys talk about at least once a week. But every now and then I overhear a sad story. It’s the story about a homeowner who breaks down in tears when he realizes his furnace needs more than just a simple repair. You know how it goes. Years fly by, and the reliable furnace you think must be around ten years old is somehow already seventeen years old. And all of a sudden, it needs repair that exceeds its value. This happened with a furnace repair job in Aurora, Illinois and prompts me to share this valuable information with you.
The Importance of Your Furnace
Your furnace performs the very important job of keeping your home comfortable 24/7, 365 days a year. It is the life source of your home’s heating and cooling system.
The natural byproducts of combustion are corrosive and will attack the inner workings of a furnace. The type of fuel your furnace uses also has a lot to do with how corrosive the combustion gasses are. For about ninety percent of us, natural gas is the primary fuel burned. It burns clean, and with the right care of your furnace, there’s minimal corrosion.
The Life Expectancy of Your Furnace
There is no standard answer to the question of how long a furnace will last. It depends on the model, and how well it’s taken care of. A poorly maintained furnace can last five to seven years, while a well-built and well-maintained furnace can last twenty years or longer. The reality is that most furnaces typically last between twelve and fifteen years. You can help the energy-efficiency of your furnace and ensure it is operating optimally by following a few simple heating tips.
6 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Furnace
#1: Change the filter in your furnace regularly.
#2: Make sure your ducts are sealed.
#3: Update your thermostat.
#4: Schedule Maintenance on your systems.
#5: Run your ceiling fans year round.
#6: Get a duct cleaning every three to five years.
Read what Angie’s List says you can do to extend the life of your furnace here .
Other Factors to Consider About the Life of Your Furnace
When buying a home, it’s important to take a look at the state of the furnace. You may not be safe here just because you’re looking at a newly built home either. Some home builders use lower grade models that have shorter life spans.
Some of the best furnaces from the 1970’s are still operating in homes today. The problem is that they operate at about sixty percent efficiency. That means forty percent of the energy produced is escaping. One of the best things you can do to improve your home heating bills is to upgrade. Upgrade to a newer model that will operate at 95 percent efficiency. Upgrading to an energy-efficient system will pay off through savings on your utility bills in the long run.
We’re Having a Sale on Furnaces
And aren’t you lucky? Blue Frost Heating & Cooling has too many furnaces in the showroom. So we’re holding a furnace clearance sale just in the nick of time! If your furnace is in need of repair that exceeds its value, give us a call.
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