Your home’s furnace is a critical part of your HVAC system, keeping you and your family comfortable during the cold winter months. However, like all appliances, furnaces don’t last forever. And as your furnace ages, it’s more likely to need repairs. And furnace installations can be expensive, so at some point, you’ll have to decide whether to repair your old furnace or install a new one.
You want to get this important decision right. So here are a few reasons why furnace installations are sometimes better than repairing an old system:
1. Energy Efficiency
Newer furnaces are much more energy-efficient than older models. In fact, a new furnace can save you hundreds of dollars on your energy bills each year. This is because newer furnaces use less fuel to produce the same amount of heat.
Newer furnaces are also more reliable than older models. They’re less likely to break down, and more extended warranties cover them. This means you can be more confident that your furnace will keep you warm all winter.
Older furnaces can be dangerous. They’re more likely to leak carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas. Newer furnaces have safety features that help prevent carbon monoxide leaks, making them safer for your family.
Newer furnaces have a longer lifespan than older models. A new furnace can last for up to 20 years, while an older furnace may only last for 10-15 years. So, if you install a new furnace now, you won’t have to worry about replacing it for many years.
When to Repair Your Old Furnace
Of course, there are some times when it makes sense to repair your old furnace instead of installing a new one. For example, if your furnace is less than 10 years old and the repair is relatively inexpensive, it may be worth fixing. However, if your furnace is more than 10 years old or the repair is costly, it’s probably better to replace it.
How to Choose a New Furnace
If you decide to install a new furnace, there are a few things you need to do to choose the right one for your home. First, you need to determine the size of the furnace you need. This depends on the square footage of your home and the climate you live in.
Second, you need to choose the type of furnace you want. There are two main types of furnaces: gas and electric. Gas furnaces are more common, but they can be more expensive to operate. Electric furnaces are less expensive to operate, but they may be less effective in cold climates.
Finally, you need to choose a furnace with the features you want. Some features to consider include:
- Energy efficiency rating (AFUE)
- Variable-speed blower
- Two-stage heating
- Electronic ignition
- Air filtration system
Cost of Furnace Installation
The cost of furnace installation varies depending on the size and type of furnace you choose, as well as the complexity of the installation. However, you can expect to pay between $3,000 and $10,000 for new furnace installations.
If you don’t have the cash to pay for a new furnace upfront, financing options are available. At Tom’s we offer financing plans, and there are also government programs that can help homeowners pay for energy-efficient upgrades.
If you’re considering repairing or replacing your furnace, it’s advisable to weigh all of the factors involved. If your furnace is old or inefficient, installing a new one may be the best option. A new furnace can save you money on your energy bills, improve the performance and reliability of your heating system, and make your home more comfortable and safe.
Contact Tom’s Air Conditioning and Heating today to learn more about furnace installations and to schedule a free consultation.