When Should You Replace Your Furnace?12/30/2014Replacing your home’s HVAC system may seem like an intimidating undertaking, but it’s easy if you know what attributes to look for. We’ve assembled the definitive “things to consider” checklist to help you take the next step: Some of your rooms are too hot or cold Duct problems, sub-standard air sealing or insulation might be the root. No matter how efficient your heating and cooling system is, if your home is not properly sealed and insulated against air leakage, you might not be as comfortable and your system might have to work harder. Your home has humidity problems and/or excessive dust Poorly operating or inadequately sized equipment might be the issue. Leaky ductwork could also cause these issues, so having it sealed could be a solution. Monthly maintenance of your heating and cooling equipment’s filters could also help. Your cooling system is noisy Your duct system could be incorrectly sized or there could be a problem with the indoor coil of your cooling equipment. Your equipment needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up In addition to the growth in energy costs, the age and condition of your heating and cooling equipment could have caused it to become less efficient. Your air conditioner or heat pump is more than 12 years old Consider replacing it with newer, more efficient equipment. And, remember, high efficiency levels begin with ENERGY STAR®. Your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old Consider replacing it with ENERGY STAR qualified equipment. ENERGY STAR has put together high efficiency guidelines for both types of heating systems. You leave your thermostat set at one constant temperature You could be missing a great energy-saving opportunity. A programmable thermostat adjusts your home’s temperature at times when you’re regularly away or sleeping. If you have any question whether or not it’s time to replace your furnace, feel free to give us a ring at 815-788-6283 to find out more about how you can boost your energy efficiency.