We sometimes get calls from homeowners who have a residential heating need caused by an outdated furnace. The furnace has a limited lifespan so when the end is near, it is likely to give a lot of problems. Things like the fan may go out and so even if it kicks on, air cannot be blown throughout the home as it should be. This is just one common problem that older furnaces tend to have when they are reaching the end of their lifespan. Regardless of what the problem is with yours, it is important to consider options and to hire someone to replace the furnace before it stops working altogether.
Replacing a propane unit
Some of our customers use propane for their furnace. There are certain levels of inconvenience involved with propane, primarily that propane gas needs to be delivered on a frequent basis. This has caused some of the homeowners we speak with to consider if they should replace their current propane unit with an electric one. There are a few things to keep in mind when considering this option, including:
- The electrical panel may need to be upgraded since there may not be enough electricity coming to the home to support an electric furnace and the rest of the homes' needs.
- More ductwork may be required to facilitate this option.
Because of these additional steps, some homeowners simply choose to replace their existing propane furnace with one that is more efficient. This can produce the necessary heat without using as much propane.
Replacing an electric furnace
It can be easier to replace an electric furnace since there are no concerns about gas coming into the home. Plus, new electric furnaces are more energy-efficient so it is possible that they will use even less electricity than the prior one did. This means that there will be less of a demand for the home's electrical system. A more efficient unit means that energy bills could go down. This is a significant benefit and something that causes many of our clients to decide to replace the unit. After all, if the energy cost goes down, the money saved will begin to make up for the expense of replacing the furnace.
Consider adding a heat pump
When visiting a home to discuss residential heating needs, we sometimes recommend installing a heat pump as well. This can help to lower the cost of heating the home because the heat pump uses air and circulates it throughout the house instead of trying to generate heat. Because of this, it can help to keep the house at a more even temperature and ensure that the furnace does not need to kick on as frequently. When it comes to reducing energy usage, this is a highly effective way to do so.
Call us for your residential heating needs
If your furnace needs to be replaced or you would like to learn more about your options, give us a call. We will be happy to answer your questions and provide a variety of options for your consideration.