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Fall is the perfect time for a furnace upgrade

It’s fall here in Chicago’s South Side, and the leaves are beginning to change. Soon, they’ll fall, and winter will officially be here. If you’re relying on an aging furnace to get you through the coldest months of the year, you might be in for a cold awakening when it stops working. If your furnace is between 10-20 years old, fall might be a good time to think about a furnace upgrade.

In this blog post, we’ll review how a new furnace from King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing will help you save money on energy, reduce the likelihood of a breakdown, and increase your long-term savings. To get started on your furnace installation, call King at (708) 687-6898 or get in contact with us today.

Get the best possible energy savings

With an emphasis on energy-efficient design, the furnaces manufactured by Carrier today use far less energy than their predecessors 10-20 years ago. Part of this trend is driven by consumers: as energy prices have increased, the demand for furnaces (and air conditioners) that use less electricity or gas has skyrocketed. Thanks to the gains made in the past two decades, a furnace upgrade today could lead to significant savings on your winter energy bills.

Unfortunately, older furnaces hurt your energy efficiency on two fronts. In addition to not having the technology that modern heating systems do, furnaces also become less efficient as they age, due to worn parts and the general wear of decades of near-constant use for entire seasons. If you have an aging system and you’ve noticed that your energy bills have been spiking out of control, it might be time to give King a call about a furnace upgrade.

Head into winter with a reliable system

No one wants their furnace failing in the middle of a Chicago snowstorm, or a chilly, windy night. You, your home, and your family relies on your furnace for your winter safety and home comfort. If your furnace is older than 10 years old, you should consider replacing it. If it’s between 15 and 20 years old, you’re running the risk that it could breakdown this winter, or die altogether.

Reliable heating isn’t just an issue of comfort. It’s also an issue of costs. If you have to have your furnace regularly repaired, those costs can add up over time. This means that every winter you delay replacing your heating system with a furnace upgrade from King, you’re throwing money at a system that might not be around the following season.

Many people don’t think about the ways in which an older furnace—although already something you own—can cost them money. If you’ve been debating getting a new furnace upgrade, you should take spending more on energy and repairs with an older heating system into account.

Furnace Upgrade ChicagoSave even more

Your furnace upgrade will save you on energy costs and may keep you from paying for heating repairs this winter, but it can also save you in other ways. At King, we regularly offer seasonal specials on our furnace upgrade and installation service. If you don’t see a special here, be sure to check back.

Upgrading from a low-efficiency system to a high-efficiency furnace may qualify you for several state, federal, and utility rebates through Carrier. You can use this system to search by zip code for rebates available in your area. If you have questions about whether you qualify for a rebate or how to redeem one, give King a call. Our team would love to help you out.

One final way to save? Your new Carrier furnace may come with a new, 10-year manufacturer’s warranty that offers forms of coverage for parts and the functions of the system. This warranty protects you in the event of a furnace breakdown, and is—in effect—a great way to save money. Your aging furnace likely had a warranty that has long since expired, so a furnace upgrade from King can provide you with this incomparable peace of mind.

Call King for your free furnace upgrade estimate

King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing offers free estimates on advanced, energy-efficient Carrier furnaces. Our NATE-certified technicians will measure your home and your family’s energy needs to help you find the right furnace; a system that is too big or too small will burn energy faster while producing less heating. Once we’ve completed this work, we’ll provide you with a free, upfront estimate on how much the new furnace will cost.

If you’re ready for more reliable heating this Chicago winter, give us a call at (708) 687-6898 or contact us online. We’ll get you started with a free furnace estimate.

When to consider buying a new hot water heater

When you own a home or condo, there’s a lot to worry about. There’s your appliances, your roof, your backyard, your garage door—and that’s just the home maintenance, nevermind your actual life, which includes work, play, and spending time with your family. Here’s probably what you’re not giving much thought to: your home’s water heater, or your plumbing in general.

Like your air conditioner and furnace, your hot water heater is almost always running and keeping your home comfortable, yet it’s easy to overlook because it just sits there and does its job, year-after-year, for years to come. While it’s nice to have one less thing to worry about, your water heater won’t last forever, and you’ll need to pay some attention to it, especially as it begins to age. In this blog post, we’ll review situations in which you should consider purchasing a new hot water heater from the professionals at King.

Need a new hot water heater?Has your water heater been failing?

This is the number one reason people upgrade to a new hot water heater. After all, we push most buying decisions until the point where we need to replace something, and a water heater that is no longer working is a powerful incentive to upgrade.

However, there are instances in which getting a new water heater prior to your old one failing make sense. For example, if your water heater becomes incapable of raising your water temperature above a certain level, or if you’ve noticed that the stored hot water it produces has noticeably diminished, preventing you and your family from getting ready in the morning.

Alternatively, you may notice small leaks or condensation on the outside of the system. While not yet at the crisis level of the system bursting, any moisture leak from the system means that it’s time to call the professionals at King Heating & Cooling for a replacement hot water heater. Don’t ignore the signs of hot water heater failure and be stuck without hot water—or, worse, a flooded home.

Are your energy costs skyrocketing?

As a general rule, the equipment manufactured today—whether we’re talking about hot water heaters, air conditioners, or furnaces—is more energy efficient than preceding models. Part of that is improved materials and technology, while some of that is owed to an increased emphasis on preserving energy. Whether your water heater uses gas or electricity, an older system is less likely to be conserving energy in your home. This inefficiency can add up: the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that water heaters account for 17% of residential energy use on average.

The good news is that, by upgrading to a new hot water heater, you can save on your monthly energy bills. Generally speaking, gas systems are more energy saving than electric ones, so be sure to ask King about your options if you have gas lines in your home. No matter what system you choose, it’s going to be more efficient than the older system that you’re replacing.

Is your current water heater nearing the end of its lifespan?

Hot water heaters typically last between 10 and 12 years, although some can live well beyond that. Generally, though, your water heater’s second decade of life will be its last, and you should at least be prepared to think about replacement during that time. That’s something King can help with. We have a wide selection of new hot water heaters.

Ready to upgrade to a new hot water heater?

King has experienced plumbers and technicians who have the training needed to install new hot water heaters that work great and save you money on your monthly energy bills. If you’re looking for a new hot water heater in South Side Chicago, turn to the professionals at King. Contact us online or reach us by calling 708-687-6898.

When do I need to replace my current AC system?

Here’s a situation: your current air conditioner has just stopped working, and you’ll need to have it repaired as soon as possible. Right? Or, is it a better deal to just purchase a new air conditioning unit?

AC Repair or ReplacementEvery situation is different. However, there are some things you can think about before making your decision and calling King Heating and Cooling. We’re the South Side’s HVAC experts, and our industry-certified technicians can help you decide between replacement and repair.

When to consider AC repair

  • If your system still has life ahead of it: If your air conditioner is less than ten years old, it may not be time to throw in the towel just yet. Most cared-for AC systems can last past 15 years, so getting rid of your current system may not be as appealing if it hasn’t reached the peak of its lifespan.
  • If the repair is a one-off affair: If this repair is a one-time thing that isn’t likely to become a recurring issue, it might be worth fixing the system. When you have a professional from King Heating and Cooling look over your system, be sure to ask them what they think. If they indicate that there’s other damage that could cause further breakdowns, that should probably come into your decision-making process.
  • If you can get professional help for a great price: Before you start adding up the price of repairs on the calculator, consider that King Heating and Cooling offers regular specials and coupons for our services that may make a repair far more feasible.
  • If you like your air conditioner: This is more important than most people think. If you really like the cooling power of your air conditioner and your current electricity bills, it makes sense to put the money into the system to keep it running. Of course, the opposite may be true. Again, every cooling situation is different. If you’re struggling to weigh the positives and negatives, ask the professionals.

When to consider AC replacement

  • If the price is right: It’s true for repairs, and it’s true for new air conditioning systems, as well. King Heating and Cooling regularly offers special deals on new AC installations, and we can match you to the right system for your cooling needs. If the cost of your repair even begins to approach the cost of a new system, don’t hesitate to opt for the new air conditioner. You may even make up the cost gap in energy savings!
  • If you need something more efficient: Nevermind the system breaking. Even before your old air conditioner stopped working, it was leading to some eye-popping electricity bills. For an older system, there’s only so much that regular maintenance can do. Eventually, a new system may make sense on the grounds of energy efficiency alone.
  • You want to boost your home’s resale value: Even if you’re not planning on selling your home right now, a new air conditioner can increase your home’s value if you do have to move. It could even be the difference between making a sale or just missing out.

No matter what you decide, King can help

Need to talk to a trained and experienced technician? Just ask King. We can help match you to the perfect AC system for you, your family, and your cooling needs. We also offer financing to customers with qualifying credit—learn more about this program.