Do I Need a New Heating System?

Posted On: 09/07/2012

This post is brought to you by All Seasons Heating and Cooling—an Annapolis and Baltimore heating company.

As we transition to cooler weather in the Baltimore, MD area, you might wonder how well your current home heating system will protect you and your family from the cold months ahead. Experts predict winter in Annapolis and Baltimore will be colder and drier than normal this year, so it’s important to determine whether or not your current heating system is up to par or if you need a new home heating system.

First, consider a professional furnace inspection. A professional can help you determine whether it will be more cost efficient to replace or repair your system.

Next, you should determine how long you’ve had your current heating system. If your current heating system is more than 20 years old, it might be time for a replacement. Consider the cost of any repairs the system might need versus the cost of a new system.

An Annapolis and Baltimore heating company professional can let you know if your heating equipment has any current unsafe conditions, like cracks or leaks, and needs repairing. Older systems might be more likely to develop these unsafe conditions, and it’s also possible that the conditions are beyond repair and your entire system needs replacing.

It’s important to identify any heating problems for safety reasons. A malfunctioning furnace can cause carbon monoxide leaks in your house and potentially cause injury.

Also consider the efficiency of the system. For furnaces or boilers, check the system’s annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) percentage. The higher the percentage, the more efficient the system. Older systems tend to operate in the range of 50 to 70 percent, while newer systems can operate as high as 97 percent. If you’re currently operating a furnace with a low percentage AFUE, upgrading to a newer system with a higher AFUE percentage will likely result in energy savings greater than the cost of the new home heating system.

If you’ve owned your heating system for less than 20 years and it doesn’t have any irreparable problems, you likely don’t need a new heating system. Instead, follow proper and timely maintenance and care on your heating system to prolong its life. This includes having yearly inspections and tune ups and changing your air filters once a month. Additionally, you can take steps to improve your home’s insulation and ductwork to improve the efficiency of a system that you don’t plan to replace just yet.