No one likes to walk around their home with cold toes and covered in blankets. But if you find yourself in the same exact scenario this fall, it may be time for a furnace replacement.
The average furnace lasts 15 to 20 years. Yet, many people are still heating their homes with furnaces made in the 70’s and have energy bills to match. Even if your furnace isn’t quite that old, check your electric or gas bills from the last few years. If you notice a steady increase in cost, it’s likely caused by a steady decrease in your furnace’s efficiency.
A sudden rise in your heating bill is more troubling. A spike in the cost to heat your home may mean your furnace isn’t just slowing down from wear and tear – it could have a problem that will lead to more serious issues down the road. The last thing you want is for your furnace to stop working in the middle of winter– that can quickly become an emergency. So, any problem you discover in the fall should be looked at right away.
Is it Worth the Fix?
While repairing your furnace is an option, sometimes it isn’t cost-effective. You can have your furnace fixed, change your filter, and even get your ducts cleaned to improve the furnace’s performance. But, if these measures don’t reduce your energy bill or don’t increase your furnace’s output, it’s a sign it will need to be replaced.
To determine whether you should fix or replace your furnace, weigh how much a repair will cost against the likelihood you’ll have to replace it a few years down the road. You may find that if your furnace is nearing the end of its life, it may not be worth investing more money in repairs.
Advances in Energy Efficiency
The good news is furnace technology has come a long way — especially if your furnace is as old as your home. New models are amazingly energy efficient, some up to 98 percent more efficient. Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about loud noises when your furnace is working; modern furnaces are very quiet. Plus, some are designed to fit smaller or tight spaces, which may help if your furnace room is compact or enclosed.
If you’re constantly struggling to get your furnace at the exact temperature you want, with a new replacement many furnaces have precise temperature adjustment technology. For example, the Carrier – Infinity® 98 furnaces can make 1 percent adjustments in output.
Furthermore, when getting your furnace replaced consider whether to take the opportunity to switch to natural gas. While many furnaces are electric, natural gas is a cheaper option that will lower your energy bill dramatically, especially during cold Canadian months.
Considering a gas upgrade? Contact the team at Aire One and we can get you in touch Enbridge, who can open a gas account for you. We can also show you our selection of gas furnaces. We carry electric and gas furnaces including single stage, two-stage, and modulating models from York, Naven, and Carrier. With our selection, you can be sure you’re getting the furnace that is right for your home. If you’re still not sure what kind of replacement furnace you need, simply call us at (416) 460-5300. We’re always here to help.