Debating on whether to repair or replace your old furnace?
Did you know that the average furnace can keep running for approximately 20 years? However, if your furnace has gone past the 15-year mark and no longer is covered by a warranty, replacing your furnace with an efficient, up-to-date model may be your best option.
Here are a few reasons why you should consider a new furnace.
- A new furnace can be rated as high as 97 percent efficiency. This is well above the efficiency ratings for older furnaces installed before 1994. These furnaces may only reach efficiency levels between 60 and 70 percent. A highly-efficient system may help you save money on utilities this winter.
- A new furnace will also be quieter than an older, clunkier system.
- When purchasing a new furnace, you can also enjoy the Maytag® long parts warranty. These warranties can last up to 12 years.
Dependable Maytag® heating and air conditioning units are manufactured to hold-up over the years and have the option of a 12-year warranty and Dependability Promise. In addition, we make one of the most energy-efficient air conditioners in the HVAC system industry. This cooling system has also been recognized as a Consumers Digest Best Buy.
Installation is critical. No matter how well your new furnace is made, it won’t perform well without a quality installation. We can address your duct-work and other home needs in addition to new equipment. A high-quality installation will cost more upfront, but will save you in service costs and headaches down the road.
Consider a high AFUE. Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) measures the efficiency of your furnace. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient your gas or oil furnace is. An 80% AFUE furnace converts 80% of the fuel into heat; the other 20% is lost up the chimney. Most furnaces installed in the past 15 years are around 65% — 70% AFUE. Today’s minimum standard is 78% AFUE, but many rebate and tax credit incentives are tied to heating efficiencies above 95% AFUE. We always have the latest up to date list of state, federal, and local utility incentives that are available.
Consider comfort. Today’s furnaces can provide more home comfort than those from a decade ago. Many high-efficiency furnaces contain features that will make your home more enjoyable. Look for two-stage and variable-speed models that run at different output (capacity) levels to reduce noise and provide a better mix of air throughout the home (reducing hot or cold spots). Some extremely efficient furnaces, like the 97% AFUE Maytag® iQ Drive® modulating gas furnace, can vary the output level to provide the quietest and most comfortable indoor temperatures.
Run the auto fan. Your new furnace’s thermostat may have a “fan on” setting. If so, consider running the fan year-round. It’s a great way to even out temperatures on multiple levels and reduce hot and cold spots as it continues to move air even when the furnace or air conditioner isn’t running. For even better temperature control, ask us about zoning.