Frequently Asked Questions

The Most Common Questions & Answers About Furnaces

Here is a list of the most common questions about sizing, servicing, and more. You can contact us directly if you have a question that is not covered in this article.

Here is a list of the following things you should be checking before you make the decision to call a technician to service your furnace:

1. Make sure your thermostat has been set to the desired temperature.

2. Ensure that the filters are clean.

3. Check on your power supply. This includes both your circuit breaker and the wall switch.

4. If you are experiencing an issue with heating with your gas furnace, ensure that there are no interruptions with your gas service.

Question: How Frequently Should My Furnace Be Serviced?

The heating system in your home should be serviced at least once a year. This will ensure that the unit is running efficiently and can assist in prolonging the lifespan of the system.

Question: What Are The Common Signs That My Furnace Will Need To Be Replaced Soon?
While every furnace is different and can present different signs that it is about to fail, here are a few of the more common signs to look out for:

• Odd smell (rotten eggs or sulfur)

• No or minimal heat produced

• The pilot light keeps failing

• Visual signs of significant corrosion

• Delayed ignition

Question: Why Is It Necessary Yo Buy A New Furnace?

Investing in a new furnace comes with a cost. However, when your current system has become inefficient, it requires more regular repairs, or the system is old, investing in a new model that is 60% more efficient compared to the unit you bought 10 years back, has the potential to provide you with favorable long-term benefits. When you decide to replace your system that is now between 10 to 15-years-old, you could reduce your electricity or natural gas costs by 30% to 50%.

Question: How Do I Find A Furnance That Is Right For My Home?

Today there are a variety of heating systems on offer. Our extensive experience and knowledge of heating allow us to assist our customers to choose a system that matches up to their specific needs. The age and the size of your house, along with the climate, regional and local utility costs, and any utility rebate/incentive programs all contribute to factors that will impact the functionality of the system, and which system will work best for your situation. Our heating experts take all these factors into consideration along with the most current technology to assist you in making your choice on a system that will match up to your home.

Question: Why Is It Important To Have My Furnace Professionally Installed?

Having your furnace installed professionally is as equally important as your choice is a new system. Home heating solutions are often complicated. To guarantee that your new furnace is running efficiently and is correctly installed it becomes important to have the unit installed by a professional. If the furnace is installed improperly this often leads to both long term and short term problems.

Question: What Are The Costs Involved For A New Home Heating System?

There are several factors to account for when working out the costs involved in a new home heating system. A few of these will include how efficient the equipment is, the size of the home, the ductwork, along with more. Our experts are experienced and have the necessary knowledge to help you in finding a system that works for your home and your budget. A proposal for your in-house replacement is free of charge.

Question: What Is The Correct Size Furnace For My Home?

There are no set rules in place when it comes to sizing units to a house. Sizing your equipment load necessitates factoring in a number of considerations. Some of these include the placement, window size, ceiling height, along with several other variables in order to correctly size either a cooling or heating system. A load calculation that is professionally performed is what will ensure the effectiveness of the system. Call us today for a free and no-obligation assessment from our licensed and trained professionals.

Questions: Are The Furnaces With A Higher Capacity A Better Choice?
The short answer is no. The systems that are larger with higher capacities cost a lot more to run and deliver less comfort. Furnaces are at their least efficient as they are turned on. The systems with a higher capacity will operate in several short cycles, which means they turn off and on repeatedly, which makes them less efficient.

Question: When Is The Best Time To Install My New Furnace?

We recommend installing your new furnace within the months of summer. Ideally, furnaces are addressed as soon as a professional technician recommends a replacement that could occur at any time in the year.

Question: When Should I Be Considering A Replacement For My Furnace?

The general standard-efficiency furnaces have a life expectancy of between 15 to 18 years ( if they are properly maintained). The high-efficiency furnaces typically last between 12 to 14 years. If you are living in a home that is 10 years of age or older, it is important to start diligently monitoring the furnace system and how it operates.

Question: Is There A Way To Reduce My Utility Bills?

The first step you should be taking is to lower the use of appliances, lights, etc in your home. You can also invest in a thermostat that is programmable which will allow you to set your furnace to a temperature that is lower at night or when you are at work during the day. This will lower the amount of overall energy used in order to maintain a consistent temperature. The high-efficiency furnaces will also help you to save money in comparison to the mid or standard-efficiency furnaces. The latest high-efficiency furnaces can be up to 97% efficient, compared to the standard and older furnaces which are only 55% efficient.

Question: What Does ENERGY STAR® Mean?

When you see the ENERGY STAR® logo on HVAC equipment, these systems are more energy-efficient in comparison to the federal minimum standard. If you have chosen an ENERGY STAR® unit, some of the benefits you can enjoy include energy that is used more efficiently, your utility bills will be lower, a reduction in air pollution and more without the need to sacrifice on the style, versatility, or features of these units.

Question: What Is The Best Way To Run My Heating System?
If your system is running efficiently it can assist with saving you money on your utility bills. Here are a few steps to follow to ensure your furnace is operating at an efficient level:

• Clean or change your air filters regularly

• The thermostat should be maintained at a consistent temperature

• Vacuum debris and dirt off your unit

• Have your unit professionally serviced at least once a year

Question: What Are The Benefits Of A Programmable Thermostat?

Programmable thermostats are available in different types and each offers its own set of features. Since these thermostats are electronic, these units are more efficient and accurate when compared to the older units that contained mercury. The programmable thermostat allows you to change the temperature settings for different times in a day without having to touch the thermostat. Due to the fact that everything is automated, you no longer have to worry that you forgot to change the temperature setting.

Question: What Type Of Air Filter Should I Use For My Furnace

The air filter in your HVAC system contributes to the quality of air in your home and the energy efficiency of the system. Ask your licensed technician for advice on choosing the best air filter for your system.