Furnace Maintenance | Heating and Air Conditioning
If you have not already tested your home’s furnace to ensure it works, now is the time before winter weather arrives. In addition, if your heating and air conditioning system has not received its annual fall furnace maintenance, schedule it now, before HVAC technicians are covered up with service calls on heating systems that do not work.
Eventually, any heating and air conditioning system will require replacement. If that is your situation, it is better to schedule installation before the temperature drops. The following are potential signs that it may be time for a new furnace:
An HVAC system will typically last about ten to fifteen years, depending on whether or not they receive routine maintenance, and if they are properly sized for the home. A few systems manage to survive for twenty years, though you will be paying a higher cost for energy to operate a system so old.
If your furnace is 10 years old or older, replacement will be the best option from an energy perspective. With ten years plus wear and tear on it, investing the repair cash into a new energy efficient system is likely the best option.
If your furnace is making unusual noises, contact your HVAC technician. While it may involve a simple furnace repair, it is potentially due to a system with failing components.
If your HVAC system or furnace has been requiring an increased frequency of repair, it may be time to replace it. A new heating and air conditioning system will provide your home with a reliable heat source for the winter months, improved efficiency, and a reduction in the energy bill. Heating and air conditioning systems manufactured this year have the highest energy efficiency to date.
Choosing a New Furnace
If you are in need of a furnace replacement, the following factors are essential to consider:
You will first want to consider the type of energy the new furnace will utilize. Homeowner’s commonly stay with the type of energy as their existing furnace.
Natural gas is the most common energy source for the furnace. It is widely available and in most areas, it is reasonably priced. Unfortunately, this is not true for all areas of the U.S. Regardless of your current energy source, if you are considering changing, you should compare the cost to your current fuel source to other options. In the southern U.S. the typical options are natural gas, electricity and costly propane.
All furnaces are required by law to have an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. A gas furnace with an 80 percent AFUE generates heat from 80 percent of the fuel it burns. However, a high-efficiency furnace will feature up to a 98 percent rating, and will reduce your home’s energy cost.
Choose a furnace with electronic ignition to save additional energy. A pilot light, consumes energy even when the furnace is not in use.
There are a number of features available on today’s heating and air conditioning systems for improving comfort, energy efficiency, and convenience. A Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning representative will be glad to provide you with the information you need to make an informed selection of the ideal HVAC system for your home or office.
Using a reputable and experienced HVAC service company will ensure the use of the proper procedure for an accurately sized heating and air conditioning system for your home or business. A number of installers do not use the proper process resulting in a system too large or small for your home. This results in increased wear and tear with a reduced lifespan of the system. In addition, the wrong sized system is detrimental to your comfort, and potentially to the integrity of your home by causing conditions such as mold.
The proper process calculates the appropriate furnace size or heating and air conditioning system based on factors such as the number and insulating quality of windows and doors, square footage, ceiling height, and amount of insulation.
Our certified heating and air conditioning professionals are dedicated to your comfort, safety, and satisfaction. Furthermore, our experienced technicians provide quality HVAC services that meet or exceed the industry standards. Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas, and provide emergency HVAC service twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week for your convenience. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. Give us a call today to schedule furnace maintenance.