If your HVAC system has been working hard for your family for a number of years, you may be wondering if it’s time to upgrade your furnace. It’s always best to consider such upgrades while the current system is still working, in order to best weigh your options and make the most informed decision possible.
Is a Furnace Upgrade Necessary?
Ask yourself these three questions before you upgrade your furnace:
- Is the unit more than 10 years old or no longer keeping you as comfortable as it once did?
- Is the furnace running a lot?
- Are energy bills going up with no major changes in usage on your part?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time for an upgrade. After all, though a new furnace requires a big upfront payment, today’s models run more efficiently and will save energy and money in the long run as they help heat your home at a lower cost to you every month.
Prep Your Home
It’s important to be sure that your home isn’t the reason for your energy woes before you take the step of purchasing a new furnace. For instance, air leaks could lie at the root of your problems with comfort as warm air escapes through cracks, gaps and openings throughout your home.
Have an energy assessment performed by an energy efficiency professional. They can spot areas where energy is being wasted, such as air leaks, as well as inspecting your insulation and seeing to it that you have enough. Improving these areas can not only make your home more comfortable and possibly remove the need to upgrade your furnace, but it will enable any new furnace you purchase run more efficiently as well.
Ask an HVAC professional
An HVAC professional will best be able to assess your home’s energy needs, then can recommend and professionally install the best furnace for your home.
Overland Park Heating & Cooling, Inc. has been proudly serving the greater Kansas City and Kansas area since 1983, and we’d be happy to help you with any of your HVAC needs.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Overland Park, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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