As the fall season bears down on Severna Park, MD, your furnace’s effectiveness will determine how warm and comfortable you feel indoors. So, how do you know if your furnace is in prime condition? Below are some furnace complications and whether you’ll need a repair or replacement in readiness for the cold months ahead.
The Age of Your Furnace
Generally, your furnace has a lifespan of about 15 to 20 years under proper maintenance habits. As such, once your furnace is close to 15 years, you should consider a replacement sooner or later. You can check the date of manufacture for your furnace by searching for the make and model online. The furnace’s serial number may also contain the manufacture date.
Emission of Carbon Monoxide
If your furnace experiences damage that may cause it to crack, it may leak carbon monoxide into your home from the combustion chamber. Carbon monoxide leaks are rarely traceable, and they can be fatal when you inhale the gas for more extended periods.
Most carbon monoxide deaths occur during the fall and winter seasons due to the increased furnace use. Due to the dangerous effect of the leak, it’s best you replace your heating system in such a scenario.
Unexpected Rise in Your Energy Bills
Heating activities in your home result in at least 29% of all your energy bills. Therefore, as you heat your home this fall, bare in mind the furnace’s efficiency. Inefficient furnaces take longer to heat your home, all while consuming more energy than an efficient or new heater.
Consequently, this leads to higher energy bills and a reduction in your HVAC system’s efficiency. If this happens, you may seek to repair the heating system if it’s relatively newer. However, if the heater is more than 15 years, consider a replacement.
Your heating system plays a crucial role in the heating of your home this fall and winter. Contact Coastal Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc. for heating services such as furnace repairs and replacements.
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