As soon as autumn comes, most homeowners start preparing for the new heating season and the question about furnace maintenance and new furnace installs pops up. As a homeowner, you surely want to be certain that you have a furnace that will keep you and your family warm throughout the entire season. That’s why you should know when you actually need to invest money in a new furnace.
Things to have in mind before considering a new furnace
If your energy bills are too high, it’s a clear sign that something is wrong with your furnace and it’s only natural that you will consider getting a new heating system. However, you need to be sure that the new furnace will be installed properly; Otherwise, you may end up paying twice the price you initially expected for heating purposes.
Therefore, if your primary focus is improving energy efficiency and lowering energy bills, it’s best to hire professionals and let them install the new furnace for you.
Of course, there are some situations when it’s not absolutely necessary to upgrade your heating system. So, make sure you have the following things in mind before making a decision regarding the heating in your home:
- Check your room air balance, as it can be the reason for various issues. In normal conditions, when the doors and windows are closed, the air pressure in every room should be identical. The efficiency of the energy can easily spiral out of control if warm air is forced in the room and can’t get out as soon as new heated air is produced. Hence, you should check this and make sure that the room air balance is maintained properly.
- The heat exchanger can be quite a problem. Usually, it is not a component of the furnace that you can easily access and clean, like the filter. The heat exchanger is hidden behind metal and can cause trouble if it starts working harder and longer than usual. This is normal for heating systems which are more than 10 years old. So, if you can’t remember when you purchased your heating system, it’s best to hire a professional service in order to have the heat exchanger cleaned.
- Some furnaces have filters that you can regularly clean by yourself. However, there are also filters that can be only cleaned by the furnace contractor. Remember, it is crucial to maintain your filter on a regular basis, so that you can get the heating you want without spending a fortune on bills.
- Older heating systems can often experience problems with air leakage. In such a case, the duct system should be checked and sealed if necessary. This is one of the most cost-effective and successful ways to save energy and lower energy costs.
New furnace installs are wallet-friendly in the long run
If you’ve had your current furnace for more than 10 years, now would be a great time to consider installing a new one. You may think that new furnace installs are very expensive, but it’s actually an investment that will pay off in the long run, since you won’t have to worry about high energy bills for years to come. Besides, a new heating system won’t cause you headaches by breaking down every now and then.
How often have you scheduled repairs for your old furnace in the last 4 years? If it’s more than once per year (maintenance excluded), calculate how much money you have spent on every repair. Constant breakdowns are a sign that the life cycle of your furnace is coming to an end, so you should replace it right away.
How to choose a good heating contractor for your new furnace
The moment you decide that it’s better to invest money in a new furnace than repair the old one, you will surely want nothing but the best heating system on the market. So, what follows are a few things you should consider when picking a heating contractor.
Even though saving money is never a bad thing, you shouldn’t “automatically” choose the cheapest contractor. Usually, if a company’s prices are ridiculously low, the services are bad and the technicians are not properly trained.
Choose a company that offers a detailed work plan and follows strict rules, so that you don’t come across any unpleasant situations. The total cost of the service should also be written down, hence protecting you from additional (hidden) expenses.
Do some research online, check what Google has to say about the contractor of your interest and ask your friends for their opinion. Learn which contractor has the best reputation and the best reviews online. Since you will be making a big investment, you should carefully evaluate every heating contractor and see which one deserves your trust the most.
Bear in mind that the majority of heating contractors will offer to replace your old heating unit, instead of installing a new one from scratch. What makes new furnace installs better is that they increase energy efficiency to a great extent.
King Heating & Cooling is the heating contractor you’re looking for
We, at King Heating & Cooling, can meet your expectations regarding furnaces of all makes and models. You can rely on us because we have over 50 years of professional experience. We’ve won multiple awards which serve as proof that we are the preferred choice of homeowners in Illinois.
You can always turn to us for expert advice. Our technicians will immediately come to your place and perform a thorough inspection. They will talk to you about your energy-efficiency goals and determine the right solution for your heating needs. The pricing is calculated upfront, so you won’t be surprised by any additional costs.
What we can guarantee is that most of our new furnace installs cost less than a furnace replacement. At the same time, we take pride in offering:
|NATE–certified technicians||Many discounts and special offers|
|No extra charge for evening and weekend calls||100% satisfaction guarantee|
If you live in Chicago, Oak Forest or the surrounding areas, do not hesitate to give us a call when need be.