Over the past couple of winters, I’ve needed to schedule repairs for my furnace.
Although the issues have been fairly minor, the cost has started to add up. I’m concerned that the heating system is going to fail during blizzard conditions, when the outside temperature is in the negative digits, and be too costly to fix. Since the heating system is over fifteen years old, I think it’s time to replace it. The monthly utility bills have gotten steadily higher, and I’m not totally satisfied with comfort. I’m suspicious that the furnace is to blame for the frequent need to dust and vacuum as well as problems with headaches, coughing and sneezing. I’ve been looking into the furnaces currently on the market. Although the top-of-the-line systems are plenty expensive, they offer up to 98% AFUE ratings. These advanced units feature adaptable-speed technology, allowing automatic adjustment of output to match the needs of the home. By running at lower capacity, the furnace trims running costs, maintains more consistent comfort and does a better job of filtering out contaminants. There are also fewer concerns with insufficient humidity. Modern furnaces are much quieter, safer and more environmentally friendly. Rather than be left with no heat and in a rush to get a new heater installed, I plan to schedule replacement over the summer. I’ve already spoken with a local HVAC contractor and arranged an appointment for a free estimate. I want to find out more about options such as zone control. I am willing to spend more to minimize carbon footprint and monthly expenses.
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