When Should You Replace Your Furnace?12/30/2014Replacing your home’s HVAC system may seem like an intimidating job, but it’s stress-free if you know what attributes to look for. We’ve put together the perfect “things to consider” checklist to help you take the simplest route: Some of your rooms are too hot or cold Duct difficulties, sub-standard air sealing or insulation may 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 might not be as comfortable and your system may have to work harder. Your home has humidity problems and/or excessive dust Poorly operating or incorrectly sized equipment may be the problem. Leaky ductwork can also cause these annoyances, so having it sealed could be a solution. Monthly maintenance of your heating and cooling equipment’s filters may also help. Your cooling system is noisy Your duct system could be inadequately sized or there might 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 put together high efficiency guidelines for both types of heating systems. You leave your thermostat set at one constant temperature You may 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 503-848-3838 to hear more about how you can increase your energy efficiency.