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Frequently Asked Questions

Most Common Questions & Answers About Furnaces

The following are the most commonly asked questions about sizing, servicing, and more. If your question is not answered below, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Before you call a service technician, review the following:

1. Make sure the thermostat is set at your preferred temperature.
2. Make sure the filter is clean.
3. Check your power supply. That can include a normal-looking switch on the wall near the unit and/or a circuit breaker.
4. If you have a gas furnace and a heating problem, check to ensure that your gas service was not shut off.

How frequently should my furnace be serviced?

Experts recommend that your heating system be serviced once per year. That will help to keep your unit working properly and help to extend the lifespan of the entire system.

What are the most common signs that my furnace might need to be replaced soon?
Although every furnace is different and might have its own signs of failure, the following are common symptoms that you should watch for:

– Pilot light failures on a consistent basis
– Strange smells (rotten eggs, sulfur, etc.)
– No or little heat produced
– High amounts of corrosion
– Delayed ignition

Why should I buy a new furnace?

Buying a furnace is a major decision. However, if your current system is old, inefficient, or needs to be repaired, buying a new one that may be as high as 60% more efficient compared to a system bought only 10 years ago, will offer long-term benefits. When a 10- to 15-year-old unit is replaced it can reduce electricity or natural gas expenses by 30 to 50%.

What is the best way to find the right furnace for me?

These days, there are so many different heating systems that are available. We draw on our extensive experience and knowledge of heating to help you determine the system that fits your individual needs the best. The age and size of your house, in addition to how many rooms it has, utility rebate and incentive programs, regional and local utility costs, as well as climate are all factors that may affect the functionality and your selection of a system. Our heating professionals consider all of these factors and use the latest technology when helping you choose the best system to invest in for your house.

Why should my furnace be installed by professionals?
Having a furnace installed professionally is just as important as having a new furnace. That is because home heating solutions are complex. To make sure that your furnace is installed properly and runs efficiently, it is very important to get help from an expert since both long-and-short-term problems can be caused by an improperly installed furnace.

How much do home heating systems cost?

When it comes to how much a home heating unit will cost, many different factors must be taken into account. Some of those include the condition of your ductwork, the size of your house, and how efficient the equipment is. Our professionals will work closely with you to help you find a heating system that fits the needs of your home as well as your budget. We do not charge a fee for our in-house replacement proposals.

what is the right size furnace for my house?

When it comes to sizing a system for a house, there is actually no established rule of them. Several factors need to be considered when it comes to sizing your equipment load. Window placement and size, construction, ceiling height, and many other variables must be considered in order to size a cooling and/or heating system properly. The foundation for having an effective system is a professionally done load calculation. Call us to receive a free assessment form one of our licensed professionals.

Is a larger capacity furnace better?

No. A bigger system with a larger capacity costs more to run and delivers less comfort. A furnace is its least efficient when initially turned on. A system that has too large of capacity will run many short cycles, which turn off and on repeatedly, which makes it less efficient.

When is the best time to install a new furnace?
It is recommended to install a new furnace during the warmer months. The furnace, ideally, will be addressed whenever an experienced technician recommends a replacement, no matter what time of year it is.

When should my furnace be replaced?

A standard-efficiency furnace, on average, will last 15 to 18 years (assuming that it is properly maintained). A high-efficiency furnace, on average, will last 12 to 14 years If your house is over 10 years old, then you should start to closely monitor the furnace and how it is operating.

How can I lower my utility bills?

One easy initial step is to reduce your use of appliances, lights, etc. Having a programmable thermostat will allow you to make sure your furnace is set at a lower temperature when you are away from home and at night to reduce the amount of energy you use to maintain the temperature. Compared to a mid-efficiency or standard furnace, a high-efficiency furnace saves more money. Today’s high-efficiency furnaces are as much as 97% efficient (in contrast to older standard furnaces that are just 55% efficient).

What is an ENERGY STAR logo stand for?

When you see the logo on HVAC equipment, that means the unit has a higher energy efficiency versus the federal minimum standards. If you invest in an ENERGY STAR system, some of the benefits that you can enjoy include reducing air pollution, saving money on your utility bills and using energy in a more efficient way without having to sacrifice on the unit’s style, versatility, or features.

What is the most efficient method for operating my heating system?

When a unit runs efficiently that can help to save money on your energy bills. You can try the following tips to help ensure your furnace operates at the most efficient level possible:

– Have a professional technician service the unit at least once per year
– Vacuum debris and dirt off of the unit
– Clean or change the air filters regularly
– Maintain the thermostat at a consistent temperature

What are some of the most important advantages offered by programmable thermostats?

Various programmable thermostats provide different features. However, since they are electronic, all of them are more efficient and accurate compared to thermostats containing mercury. A programmable thermostat allows you to control your home’s temperature at various times throughout the day without having to touch the thermostat. Since everything is done automatically, you won’t need to remember to change the setting.

What kind of furnace air filter is the best to use?

A quality air filter can make a big difference in the air quality of your home and the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. It is very important to know about the different factors involved in filters such as price and size.