Why Upgrading Your Furnace Can Make Sense, Even If The One You Have Isn’t All That Old

Why Upgrading Your Furnace Can Make Sense, Even If The One You Have Isn’t All That Old

If your furnace has become a constant source of trouble in your household, it may be time to consider a replacement. In fact, it’s recommended that furnaces approximately 15
years of age or older should be replaced due to a relative lack of efficiency. Even if your current model isn’t that old, you could save as much as 15 percent on heating costs annually by upgrading to a high-efficiency model.

Efficiency is key when deciding whether to repair or replace your furnace. When considering your options, be sure to compare the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating of your current model to the high-efficiency models available today. The AFUE rating represents the level of energy your furnace is successfully converting into useable heat within your home.

Thus, if your current model carries an AFUE rating of 70 percent, your furnace is wasting 30 percent of the energy it consumes. This information can be useful in making a repair or replace decision, especially when you consider that today’s high-efficiency furnaces are capable of achieving AFUE ratings of up to 97 percent.

Sometimes the decision to repair or replace can be difficult, but even in the face of a good AFUE rating, an upgrade should certainly be considered if your system seems to be wearing out. Telltale signs such as rising energy costs and inconsistent temperatures could warn of more serious issues to come. Plus, if repair work has your HVAC technician spending almost as much time with your furnace as you are, chances are a replacement is in order.

If you’re in a repair or replace situation, let our trained technicians provide a professional assessment of your heating system and help you make a decision that will be in the best interest of your household. For an expert consultation, contact Air-Tro Heating & Air Conditioning today!

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