Heating season will soon be upon us; is your home's HVAC system prepared? Of course, you need to schedule the annual furnace maintenance appointment to get the furnace ready for the coming winter, but will that be enough?
Here are a few signs that your home's heating system may have outlived its usefulness:
- The heating system is more than 10 years old
- The furnace needs repairs more than twice a year
- The furnace runs too long or has trouble keeping your house comfortable
- You're paying too much in energy bills
If one or more of these is true of your home's furnace or boiler, begin exploring your options for upgrading the heating system. The first thing to do is to have an energy assessment performed on your house to determine how much energy is being wasted and why. You may discover that the actual culprit isn't the furnace but rather leaks in the ductwork or other deficiencies and air leaks throughout the home. Properly sealing leaks can help the HVAC system run more efficiently and even extend its life span.
However, if it's determined that you do need to upgrade the heating system in your home, it's important to have it done properly. First of all, be sure to use an HVAC contractor who is NATE certified to guarantee top quality service. And have the HVAC designer do a load calculation for your home, so that you can get a system that's the proper size for your needs. There are many ways to install a new HVAC system, but only a few ways to do it correctly. A well-trained HVAC contractor will be able to share with you their standards of installation, such as th Air Conditioning Contractors of America's Quality Installation Standard that is utilized at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. More information can be found at ACCA.org or from P.K. Wadsworth.
Always invest in an Energy Star approved heating system. The blue Energy Star logo means the system is proven to save energy, at a comparable cost to similar HVAC models, without sacrificing performance or features. And be sure to get an Energy Star quality installation to guarantee that your system is set up to operate as efficiently as possible. The equipment itself only represents a potential to perform, a quality installation that follows the correct standards is the real key to true system performance, efficiency and longevity.
If you'd like to upgrade the heating system in your home, contact our experts at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling today.
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