When Should You Replace Your Furnace?12/30/2014Replacing your home’s HVAC system may seem like a huge job, but it’s stress-free if you know what features to look for. We’ve compiled the definitive “things to consider” checklist to help you take the simplest route: Some of your rooms are too hot or cold Duct problems, inadequate air sealing or insulation could be the cause. No matter how efficient your heating and cooling system is, if your home is not properly sealed and insulated against air leakage, you will not be as comfortable and your system may have to work harder. Your home has humidity problems and/or excessive dust Poorly operating or improperly sized equipment could be the issue. Leaky ductwork could also cause these annoyances, so having it sealed might be the key. 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 increase in energy costs, the age and condition of your heating and cooling equipment may have caused it to become less efficient. Your air conditioner or heat pump is more than 12 years old Think about 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 Think about replacing it with ENERGY STAR qualified equipment. ENERGY STAR has established high efficiency guidelines for both types of heating systems. You leave your thermostat set at one constant temperature You might 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 shout at 309-762-3641 to learn more about how you can increase your energy efficiency.