Oil and Gas Heating Equipment:
Repair or Replace?
Are you wondering if you should keep your current system or get a new, energy-efficient system? Read on to learn more and to help you make the right decision!
Strange noises or smells
Significant heating bill increase
Dry or dusty air
Temperature variations that are not due to duct issues
DID YOU KNOW?
If you have to replace your furnace, you’ll be glad to hear that today’s more-efficient heating oil and gas furnaces can save you up to $40 for every $100 you spend on fuel compared with older models.
3 Things to Consider when Shopping for a New Furnace
Furnace and boiler efficiency is measured by ANNUAL FUEL UTILIZATION EFFICIENCY (AFUE). The higher the number, the more heat it can achieve. Since efficient furnaces generate fewer emissions, environmental considerations might also influence your decision. A furnace with a 90% AFUE might cost $1,000 more than a similar size unit with an 80% AFUE. Costs can be recouped through lower fuel bills over the life of the furnace. Upgrading a furnace or boiler from 56% to 90% efficiency in an average cold-climate house will save 1.5 tons of CO2 emissions each year if you heat with gas, or 2.5 tons if you heat with oil (Energy.gov)
Reliability is especially important because when a furnace failed, 77% needed significant work. A majority of those broke down completely, with nearly a third producing no heat for more than a day. For 40%, the repair cost $150 or more. (Consumer Reports)
A furnace has to be sized properly for your home and installed correctly by a capable, experienced company. Otherwise you won’t see the fuel savings you expect.
Money Saving Tip:
Before upgrading your heating system, improve the efficiency of your house. This will allow you to purchase a smaller unit, saving you money on the upgrade and operating costs.
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