Should You Upgrade Your Furnace This Winter? Benefits to Doing So

Should You Upgrade Your Furnace This Winter? Benefits to Doing SoUpgrade your furnace before it fails; that goes without saying. Nobody wants to be stuck in a freezing house because an aging, outmoded unit couldn’t make it through another winter. But what if your heating system is still in operating condition at the moment, and you see no clear signs that it’s on the brink of a breakdown?

Service Life vs. Economic Life

While a furnace may be within its expected service life of 15 to 20 years and still starting up every season, it may have already exceeded the period of time where it’s financially feasible to continue using it. That time span is known as the unit’s economic life expectancy. Keeping a working furnace on the job past that point is usually a money-losing strategy.

The Upgrade Tipping Point

Gas-fired furnaces often outlive efficiency standards, meaning what seemed efficient when they were manufactured no longer keeps up with modern standards. As energy standards rise and heating technology advances, old units remain stuck in the low efficiency and performance norms of the past. You’re paying ever-increasing utility bills when you could reduce those operating costs by opting to upgrade your furnace to a more efficient unit with superior heating performance.

In addition, when existing furnace components fail from wear and tear, repair may be questionable from a cost-effectiveness standpoint. Such a furnace may still be within its service life span. However, it has exceeded its economic life.

Safety Matters

Because a gas-fired furnace produces an open flame and dangerous combustion by-products, you want the best engineered system in optimum working condition. This may not accurately describe the 1990s furnace you’re currently nursing along. A heat exchanger that cracks from years of expansion and contraction stresses could allow dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) gas to infiltrate the home. Older furnaces with open combustion are also more susceptible to hazardous backdrafting and other air quality issues compared to new models with sealed combustion that inducts outdoor air.

For a professional opinion on the right time to upgrade your furnace, the experts at Paitson Bros. Heating and Air Conditioning are here for you. We’ve been advising Wabash Valley homeowners since 1922.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about upgrading your furnace and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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