There are unmistakable signs that summer is ending and cooler weather is coming: The sweaters becoming more and more prominent on shopping sites. Halloween candy is stocked at the grocery store. The return of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks has occurred once more! With those seasonal changes comes having to use your furnace to keep your southern Maine home warm.
You may be wondering if your furnace up to the challenge of heating your home this winter. We’ve put together some key things to consider:
If your furnace is 10 years old or older, replacing it becomes a better choice in many situations. This is especially true if it has not been maintained properly with annual tune-ups. An unmaintained or infrequently maintained furnace is more vulnerable to breaking down, which means you could be facing your furnace not working in the middle of winter. That can be an expensive problem you don’t want to undertake in the heart of the holidays.
As your furnace gets older, you are likely facing more repairs, and more expensive repairs at that. That’s especially true if you haven’t been getting regular tune-ups for your furnace. There comes a point when you are throwing money away when it comes to furnace repairs. A good rule is that if your furnace repairs are costing half (or more) of what it would cost to replace it, replacing is a better long-term investment in your comfort and your home’s value.
Older furnaces become less and less efficient over time, even more so when they are not properly maintained. Your furnace could be operating at as low as 60% efficiency. What does that mean? It means that for every dollar you spend on propane for your furnace, only 60 cents of it is being used to heat your home. The other 40 cents is wasted. A new furnace begins paying for itself from the moment you install it, because you’ll get efficiencies as high as 98%! That means lower energy costs for years of operation going forward.
If you have thought things over and decided that you don’t want to risk a dead furnace this winter and want to upgrade to a new furnace, we can help you find the right one, install it, and maintain it, too!
Think you can get another year out of your furnace? Schedule your annual tune-up today. And we’re here for you if you do need repairs. Need furnace repair or replacement? We’ll help you there too! Contact the equipment experts at PitStop Fuels, today.