When to Replace Your Heating System

Winter has thrust itself upon us quicker than usual and it seems as if we’ve had no reprieve in our energy bills. It was almost overnight that we went from cooling to heating our homes and we are now once again confronted with seasonal maintenance of our heating system. This is the time of year that many people begin to wonder when to replace a heating system.

Read on for our top three recommendations.

Age

The average age of a heating system is somewhere between 15 and 20 years. These are not firm numbers. They depend on a number of variables that include frequency of use and thoroughness of regular maintenance. Perhaps your heating system falls into this age range, or you’re fortunate enough to have a system that has surpassed this expectation. In either scenario, you may want to start planning for a heating system replacement. An older unit is almost always significantly less efficient than its newer counterpart. Therefore, while there is an initial investment, over time it will likely pay for itself.

Expense

For a number of reasons it can be helpful to keep meticulous records regarding the ongoing maintenance of your home. Not only are they helpful when marketing your home to potential buyers, but they serve as a resource for you. Gather your maintenance records for the last 2-3 years. Take note if you see a trend of increasing frequency and cost of repairs. Additionally, if you find you’re energy bills are continuing to rise year over year, it could be time to replace your heating system.

Comfort

While financial reasons are always strong motivators to action, comfort and quality of life are sometimes even more compelling reasons. Excessive noise during operation, greater than normal levels of dust or an increase in dryness in your home are uncomfortable and inconvenient. What’s more, they can also be signs of an aging furnace that may be ready for replacement. Additionally, if you’re noticing differences in temperature as you move about your home this is because your home is no longer heating evenly, another hallmark of a heating system that is beyond its prime.

The mechanics of a home are crucial to maintaining a high quality of life. While they may not be the first area where homeowners want to spend their money, they provide a peace of mind that is invaluable and that’s where Clarkstown HVAC comes in. If you still need help deciding when to replace your heating system, give us a call for a no-obligation consult.

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