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For many homeowners, a furnace that’s blowing any hot air out of their vents in the winter is a furnace that doesn’t need any attention. As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” right?
Well, maybe not quite. Did you know that old and inefficient furnaces can increase your monthly heating costs while delivering inconsistent home comfort and indoor air quality issues?
Unless your furnace won’t turn on or won’t blow hot air, it can be hard to know when is the best time to upgrade to a new furnace and schedule heating installation for your Suffolk, Norfolk, or Chesapeake home. So what is the lifespan of the average furnace, and when should you replace your heating system? If you’re looking for ways to lower your energy costs, let’s take a closer look.
According to the EPA and the DOE, home furnaces will last about 15 years before they should be replaced.
Warning signs that you should be considering furnace replacement include:
If you’re looking for the average cost of furnaces, or what furnace replacement usually costs in Virginia, reach out to Russell’s HVAC. It’s difficult to provide accurate pricing estimates without knowing more information about the heating requirements of your home — but with a little bit of info we can give you an idea of the cost.
There are many advantages to replacing your furnace aside from avoiding a situation where you are without heat in the winter when your heating system breaks down for good.
Today’s furnaces are much more energy efficient than older models, meaning you’ll need less fuel or electricity to heat your home, saving you money on your monthly utility bills.
A new, properly installed furnace will be sized correctly to deliver whole home comfort, so you won’t have to suffer from inconsistent temperatures throughout your house.
A high efficiency, properly-functioning furnace isn’t as likely to be circulating dirty air through your house, and the chances of a carbon monoxide leak are much lower.
If your furnace is relatively new, but you suspect it isn’t operating properly, and you’re unsure how serious the situation is, reach out to Russell’s. From heating and cooling repair to furnace installation, we have a variety of services that will get your home comfortable again quickly and operating at high efficiency.
And for added convenience, homeowners throughout the Hampton Roads area can enroll in our maintenance plan, where you’ll get free furnace check ups, priority scheduling, discounts on repairs, and more! For homeowners asking how often furnaces need servicing, we recommend at least once a year before every heating season. However, by signing up for our automatic plans, you won’t have to remember to schedule maintenance each year.