Is it Time to Upgrade Your Heating Equipment?
It’s probably the last thing on your mind right now – in fact it may not even have crossed your mind since the summer began – but before you know it the heating season will be upon us and you’ll be relying heavily on your home heating equipment. Before that time comes, however, we suggest you take a look at your furnace or boiler’s performance and ask yourself, ‘Am I due for a heating system upgrade?’
Here are a few things to consider when trying to decide if an upgrade is in order:
Age of the System
Even with proper maintenance, over time a heating system’s efficiency and effectiveness can degrade. The general rule of thumb is equipment that has been in service for more than 10 years should be replaced with modern more modern systems. This is for the benefit of the homeowner, as new equipment boasts higher efficiency, helping to save on fuel costs, and will be less likely to breakdown in the middle of winter.
Number of Service Calls
Your equipment should be serviced at least once a year. This annual tune-up prevents any small problems from turning into big issues down the line, and keeps your equipment clean and efficient. During the heating season, when you equipment is running for longer periods of time, it’s normal to have an extra service call or two. However, if you’re starting to spend more on repairs than you’re comfortable with, new equipment can help.
We’ve mentioned efficiency twice, but what does it mean? Efficiency is your heating system’s ability to take fuel and turn it into usable heat. The higher the efficiency, the more of the fuel you pay for is put to good use. If you’re spending more on heating costs year after year, but aren’t relying on your heating system more, it could be an issue of efficiency. Today’s heating equipment boasts efficiencies of up to 90%!
If you’d rather leave your equipment assessment to the pros, Coan Oil offers a no-cost evaluation where our technicians evaluate your existing equipment, and offer solutions on how you can improve your heating season comfort. Call or contact us online to schedule your no-cost evaluation, then get back to enjoying your summer!