Top 5 Heating System Tips for Your Home
By: Connor Adkins
Tip #5: How to know when it’s time to replace your furnace.
As reliable as your furnace may have been, it might be time for a new one. Here are some warning signs that your furnace may be ready for replacement:
- Room Temperature: If some rooms are warmer than others, you have uneven heat distribution. It might simply be that the ducts need adjusting or cleaning, but it could indicate a problem with the furnace or heating system itself.
- Furnace Age: Furnaces typically need to be replaced after 15 years, and heat pumps after 10. If you’re not sure about the age of your furnace, a dealer or HVAC pro can give you an estimate of its age and expected lifespan.
- Unusual Sounds: Unusual or excessive noise could indicate that the duct system is too small for your home, which can cause a strain on the furnace, or there may be a problem with the furnace itself.
- High Heating Bills: If your winter heating bills are through the roof, a more energy efficient furnace might be the answer. Start by taking the Energy Star Home Energy Yardstick to see how your home scores on a 1 to 10 scale. If you score a 5 or lower, you’re probably using more energy than necessary to heat and cool your home. In addition to installing a more energy efficient heating system, you should also consider adding more insulation and improving the energy efficiency of windows and doors.
About the Author
Connor Adkins enjoys home improvement projects and gets lots of good tips from Always Plumbing and Heating providing furnace repair for the Edmonton area.