Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the most frequently asked questions regarding sizing, servicing, and more. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you don’t find your question below.
You need to check the following before you call a service technician:
1. Make sure that you have set your thermostat to the desired temperature.
2. Ensure that the filter is clean.
3. Don’t forget to check your power supply; including the circuit breaker and/or the standard wall switch close to the unit.
4. If heating is the problem and you have a gas furnace check to ensure that your gas service hasn’t been terminated.
How regularly should furnaces be serviced?
It is advisable to have the heating system serviced every year. Doing that will ensure that it works more efficiently and will help expand the life of the whole system.
What signs should I look out for to know whether my furnace requires replacement soon?
Every furnace is unique and might present signs of failure in different ways, but you should watch out for the following common symptoms:
– Little/no heat produced
– Significant levels of corrosion
– Consistent failures of the pilot light
– Odd smells (rotten eggs, sulfur, etc.)
– Delayed ignition
Furnace buying is not a small matter. However, if you currently have a system that’s inefficient, in need of repair, or simply old then buying a new system, which could be as much as 60 percent more efficient than a system bought a decade ago will offer long-term benefits. Replacing a 10-to15-year-old unit can lower your electricity or natural gas costs by 30 to 50 percent.
What do I do to find the right furnace for me?
Today, there are numerous heating systems that you can choose from. We rely on our vast degree of heating experience and knowledge to help you choose a system that will fit your specific needs perfectly. The age and size of your home, climate, utility rebate/incentive programs, as well as the regional and local utility costs are all factors likely to affect functionality, and by extension system selection. Our heating experts will the latest technology and take all these factors into account when helping you find the best system for your home.
Why should I get a professional to install my furnace?
Having a professional install the furnace is just as important as investing in a new furnace. Home heating solutions tend to be complicated. To ensure that your furnace is installed properly and runs efficiently, you need to get the help of an expert since furnaces that are improperly installed may lead to problems both in the short and long term.
How much does a new home heating system cost?
When it comes to the cost of a home heating unit, there are many different factors to consider? Some of them include the size of our home, efficiency of the system, condition of your duct work, and many others. Our experts will work with you to find a heating system that fits the needs of your home and is within your budget. We won’t charge you for an in-house replacement proposal.
Contrary to popular belief, there’s actually no rule of thumb when it comes to sizing a system for a home. When sizing the equipment load, several factors have to be considered. Ceiling height, construction, window placement and size, and many other variables have to all be considered to properly size a heating/cooling system. The foundation of an effective system is a professionally conducted load calculation. Call us today for a free assessment by one of our licensed professionals.
Is a higher capacity system better?
No. A larger system that has more capacity not only costs more to operate but also delivers less comfort. A furnace is at its least efficiency when initially turned on. A capacity that has too much capacity will run in numerous short cycles, repeatedly turning on and off, thus causing it to be less efficient.
What’s the ideal time to install a new furnace?
It is advisable to have a new furnace installed in the warmer months. Ideally, the furnace should be addressed when an experienced technician recommends replacement, irrespective of the time of year.
When should my furnace be replaced?
With proper maintenance, the average standard-efficiency furnace can last anywhere from 15 to 18 years. A high-efficiency furnace, on the other hand, can last anywhere from 12 to 14 years on average. If you have a home that’s over a decade old, you need to start diligently monitoring the furnace and its operation.
The simple first step here is minimizing your use of appliances, lights, etc. A programmable thermostat will allow you to have the furnace set to a lower temperature during the night as well as when you aren’t at home, thus reducing the energy used to maintain temperature. A high efficiency furnace also saves money compared to mid-efficiency or standard efficiency furnaces. A modern high efficiency furnace is up to 97 percent efficient compared to 55 percent efficient for older standard furnaces.
What does the ENERGY STAR logo mean?
If you ever see this logo on HVAC equipment, you should know that the unit is more energy efficient in comparison to the federal minimum standards. The benefits of choosing an ENERGY STAR system include saving money on utility bills, using energy more efficiently, and reducing air pollution without the need to sacrifice on features, style, or versatility of the unit.
A unit that runs efficiently can also help you save money on energy bills. Try the tips below to ensure that your furnace runs as efficiently as possible:
– Vacuum debris and dirt off the unit
– Clean or change the air filters regularly
– Keep the thermostat at a constant temperature
– Get your unit serviced by a professional technician every year
What are the benefits of a programmable thermostat?
Programmable thermostats have many different features. However, since they are electronic, they tend to be more efficient and accurate than mercury-containing thermostats. Programmable thermostats allow you to control the temperature in your home at various times of the day without the need to actually touch the thermostat. Since everything is automatic, you won’t ever forget to change the setting yourself.
What type of furnace air filter should I choose?
Having a good air filter will make a difference in your home’s air quality and the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. You need to know of the different factors when it comes to air filters, such as price, size, and quality.