The average furnace lasts about 18-20 years, and after that time, they become less efficient and are prone to breaking down. Rather than throw good money at an aging furnace, let us show you how economical a new, high efficiency furnace can be. Garneski Air Conditioning & Heating is here for all of your furnace service needs in the Sterling, VA area - call today!
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5 Signs Telling You to Get a New Furnace
We get it, you don’t want to shell out the money for a new furnace when you can just fix the one you have. But eventually, your furnace will come to the end of its life and getting a new one is more economical than throwing money at your current unit. Here are 5 signs telling you to shop for a new furnace.
- Age: If your furnace is over 20 years old, you’ll be better off with a new, high efficiency unit.
- Rise in Energy Costs: As your furnace ages, it becomes less efficient, which means it costs you more to operate.
- Uneven Temperatures: If your furnace can’t keep your home evenly heated, it’s a sign it’s beginning to fail.
- Short Cycling: When your furnace turns on and off quickly, it’s telling you there’s a problem and it could be at the end of its life.
- Strange Noises: Noises like squealing, popping, or grinding are symptoms of a dying system. Call a furnace service company if you notice any of these issues.
How to Keep Your Furnace Healthy
The best way to avoid costly furnace repairs is to maintain your system to keep it running smoothly year in and out. Regular maintenance ensures your system is efficient and lasts as long as possible. Follow these tips to maintain a healthy furnace.
- Clean the filters regularly
- Make sure the vents are free from obstruction
- Lower your heating load by beefing up your insulation
- Make sure the flue is clear
- Call a furnace service company and get on a yearly maintenance plan
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Electric, Gas, or Oil: Which is Cheaper to Run?
If you’re building a home, maybe you’re wondering which type of heater you need. After all, the heater is one of the biggest users of energy in the home and you want the most efficient system you can get. If you have the option to get electric, most experts say it’s the cheapest and easiest to install because it doesn’t need a ‘chimney’ to the outside like gas. To find out which is best for your home, call one of your local furnace contractors and get their advice.