It’s difficult to know if your furnace should be replaced. There usually aren’t a lot of external signs; however there are some basic considerations to help you make an informed decision.
Based on industry averages, a 20-year-old furnace could be nearing the end of its life expectancy and investing in a new heating system may be a better option than dealing with costly repairs on an aging unit.
Efficiency and Savings
Furnaces have become more efficient as a result of new technology. Newer heating oil furnaces have efficiencies above 80%, and propane furnaces can have efficiency ratings as high as 94%.
It is important for your furnace to be properly sized for your home to run at peak efficiency during the winter, especially if you have recently taken steps to make your home more energy efficient. An oversized furnace can be less efficient than a properly sized one, potentially costing more money to heat your home.
No matter how old your furnace is, we suggest an annual cleaning and inspection to make sure your furnace is working properly and to help identify issues. A proactive decision puts you in charge of the timeline, and can help avoid an unexpected break down in the middle of winter.
If you have any questions about when to replace your heating equipment, be sure to contact an Irving Energy heating expert, or call us at 1.888.310.1924 – we’re here to help.
Knowing when it’s the right time to replace your furnace isn’t always straightforward. There usually aren’t a lot of external signs to look for. But here are some things that may help you decide if it’s the right time to replace your furnace:
A 20 year old furnace is on the far end of its average life expectancy. And, this may be the perfect time to invest in a new heating system, especially if you have to constantly pay for costly repairs. The age of a furnace is one of the major reasons homeowners purchase a new one. Please note that a poor furnace may break down before the end of its expected life. It’s always best to get your furnace cleaned and inspected each year to make sure everything is running properly.
Efficiency and Savings
The more efficient your furnace, the more heat you get for every dollar you spend. Older furnaces tend to have a lower efficiency than newer furnaces. The less efficient your furnace, the higher your heating bills are likely to be.
On average, our heating technicians see efficiencies in the 60% range, with 67% being the most common efficiency rating they see. Fortunately for homeowners, modern furnaces have become far more efficient with the help of new technology. Newer heating oil furnaces see efficiencies above 80%. Propane furnaces can see the efficiency rating go up to about 94%. Replacing a poorly-performing furnace can translate into hundreds of dollars of savings every year on heating oil or propane, depending on how much you use.
Your current furnace may be too big for what you need in your home, especially if you recently made your home more energy efficient. A properly sized furnace should be running at peak efficiency during the winter. An oversized furnace will never come up to peak efficiency, potentially costing you more money.
If you’re constantly making costly repairs to your furnace, it may make sense to replace your system rather than suffer through another costly heating season. And you certainly don’t want to have to worry about your furnace breaking down in the middle of winter.
Additionally, if your furnace hasn’t been properly maintained, wear and tear can reduce the efficiency of the system. This will lead to higher costs in heating oil or propane.
You’ve decided to purchase a new furnace or heating system, but what things should you look for in your new furnace? As a homeowner, here are the big things to consider:
The efficiency of your new furnace is a very important consideration because the higher the efficiency, the less fuel will be required to heat your home. Efficiency is measured by the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency), which measures the furnace’s overall energy performance. The higher the AFUE, or efficiency, the more heat you’ll get for every dollar you spend.
The increased energy savings from a high efficiency furnace over a low efficiency furnace will usually allow you to recover the cost of the new furnace in as little as 6 years. And, a high-efficiency furnace runs quieter and makes your house more comfortable since it can maintain a more constant household temperature. Look for models with an Energy Star® label; this means the furnace has an efficiency rating of 90% or higher for propane and 85% or higher for heating oil.
An important consideration is whether the furnace is the right size for your home. Your new furnace should be big enough, but not overly large. A furnace that is too large will not heat your home better, and it may be less efficient and wear out more quickly than a properly-sized furnace. Your local heating professional will be able to advise you on what is best for your area and for your home.
Installation and Ductwork
There are many factors to consider with the proper installation of a furnace. You should make sure to do your homework and be sure to hire a qualified and reputable heating professional. One thing that people often overlook is that the rest of the system needs to work well with the furnace you select. For example, you need to ensure that the ductwork throughout your house has to be the proper fit for your furnace. If it is not, then the furnace won’t heat your home efficiently.
If you have any questions regarding a new furnace, then be sure to contact an Irving heating expert online, or call us at 1.888.310.1924 – we’re here to help.
We’re pleased to inform our Vermont heating oil customers that the low income tank replacement program is once again available through the Petroleum Cleanup Fund (PCF). The PCF offers grants up to $2,000 towards the removal, replacement or upgrade of residential heating oil tanks used to heat Vermont homes. To learn more about this program please visit the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association Online or call 1.802.241.3888.
Don’t forget, we are happy to help with you with any questions you might have on heating oil equipment service, tank removal, replacement or upgrades. Just Contact Us Online or call 1.888.310.1924 – we’re here to help.
Using a propane space heater can help lower you heating bills by allowing you to turn down your thermostat and only heat a specific area of your home. They heat almost any size space and are excellent options for heating bonus rooms, in-law suites, basements and carriage houses.
Propane space heaters are quiet, clean and economical. Here are some other benefits to consider:
Significant energy savings
Up to 83% AFUE efficiency
Comfortable, consistent heating, with no large fluctuations in room temperature
Sealed combustion minimizes indoor heat loss and ensures safety
Zero clearance from intake air
Dependable, low-maintenance performance
Simple, flexible installation with minimal space requirements