Low Heating Bills Is the New Hot Thing
It may be that your furnace is past the need for maintenance, and it’s time to get a replacement. If you suspect this to be the case, seek advice from a member of our team at Aire Serv®. We can provide you with a free in-home estimate so you know how much your new heating unit will cost.
Is It Time to Replace My Heating System?
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Is the furnace affecting your safety?
- On average, furnaces should last between 15 and 20 years. Is your furnace close to the end of its life cycle?
- In the long run, will it cost more to repair and maintain your current furnace, or replace it?
- Would your energy bills go down with a new, more energy-efficient model?
A furnace that is older than 15 years and would be expensive to repair might be better off replaced. Look at the cost of repair versus a new installation, and be sure to factor in the money you would save on energy costs with a new system. If you’d like to have more information on furnace repair / service, you should consult a member of our team at Aire Serv! We can answer your questions and even provide you with a free in-home estimate for a replacement.
What Should be Considered When Choosing a Heater Replacement?
Here are two factors that may influence your choice of a heating system:
- Where do you live? Furnaces and boilers make the most sense in cold climates while heat pumps could be an energy-saving heater replacement in mild climates. However, keep in mind that all-climate heat pumps are becoming a viable option for residents of colder climates. Your geographic location also affects the efficiency you choose. In short, the more you spend on heating bills, the more worthwhile it is to invest in high-efficiency equipment.
- What do you already have in your home? If you don’t have ductwork, it makes sense to choose a boiler instead of a furnace or heat pump. If your home is ducted, perhaps your air conditioner needs to be replaced soon. You could cut back on your investment by choosing a heat pump instead of a traditional furnace / air conditioner combination.
What Types of Heating Systems are Available?
These are the types of heating systems currently being used:
- Gas furnaces are the most common type of heating system in the United States thanks to the low cost of operation.
- Electric furnaces cost more to operate, but they are often the go-to option when natural gas is not available.
- Oil furnaces require you to store fuel on-site. It’s another viable alternative to a natural gas furnace.
- Boilers are known for delivering quiet, comfortable heat in homes with no ductwork and are particularly popular for their use in radiant floor systems. Gas, oil, and electric models are available.
- Air-source heat pumps move heat rather than generating it from a combustible fuel source. Thanks to a reversing valve, heat pumps can operate as heating systems as well as air conditioners. They are most efficient in mild climates where the temperature rarely drops below freezing.
- Geothermal heat pumps are often the most expensive heater replacement to install, but they produce incredibly efficient, environmentally friendly heating by transferring energy from the earth. The same as air-source heat pumps, geothermal systems can both heat and cool your home.
Should I Choose an Energy Efficient Heater Replacement?
There are a few benefits to choosing an energy efficient heating system: