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Here’s Why You Should Replace that Old Furnace

Most furnaces have an average lifespan of around 10 to 15 years. The closer you get to that 15-year mark with your furnace, the more likely it is that you will need to invest in a replacement. But what if your furnace is still working just fine?

You can keep reading to learn more about how to tell when it’s time to replace your older furnace with a newer model. Then give our team a call to schedule your appointment for furnace replacement in Longmont. Investing in an updated furnace offers a range of benefits for both your home and your family.

Safety Considerations

The older your furnace gets, the more outdated its safety components are. Furnaces are only designed to last for about 10 to 15 years safely. However, many homeowners leave furnaces in place for upwards of 30 years if the units are still operating. This can seem like you’re saving a lot of money on the cost of installing a new unit, but your furnace is potentially a safety hazard at that point.

Furnaces that were installed 2-3 decades ago didn’t have the same safety features and highly rated components that we use today. Additionally, parts inside of your furnace are wearing down and not working as well as they used to, which adds to the operational risk. Upgrading to a new furnace elevates your home safety and offers you the peace of mind that your furnace has a lot of years ahead of it.

Energy Efficiency

Older furnaces are also less energy efficient than newer models. Every single year the industry boosts heating efficiency a little more and tweaks systems so that they are more energy efficient than ever. If your furnace is older, it could easily be losing 20% to 30% of its energy during the heating process. 

This is increasing your energy costs for operation significantly. Efficiency standards have changed a lot, even just within the last decade. Purchasing a high-efficiency heater can mean that you lose less energy during the heating process and spend less on your monthly energy costs. 

Furnaces with an AFUE of at least 90 are high efficiency, meaning that only 10% of the energy consumed gets lost during the heating process. 90% of the energy that your furnace uses turns directly into heat for your home.

Peace of Mind

When you have an older furnace, you live with the fact that any day could be its last. Sure, up until now you’ve been able to keep up with maintenance and repairs. But you never know when your furnace will face a major problem that leads to a breakdown. 

Then you’ll be left making an emergency decision about what type of furnace to install. It’s better to plan ahead and invest in a new furnace on your own terms now rather than being left making a quick decision in an emergency.

Contact Meyers Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment with our professionals.

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