How well your furnace performs not only affects the comfort level in your home, but it also impacts your heating-related energy bills, and ongoing costs for maintenance and repairs. With the end of the heating season approaching, you have an ideal opportunity to gauge your furnace performance by weighing some key factors.
Energy Cost Trends
Comparing your energy bills for this past winter with those for the same period in previous years can reveal whether there’s a decline in your heating equipment’s efficiency. To make an accurate comparison, be sure to factor in any rate hikes or changes in your heating habits.
When new issues crop up with how your furnace operates, it can be a warning sign that the unit may become less reliable in the future, and unexpectedly leave you without a source of heat. Concerning issues include unexpected shut downs that require restarts, and the development of odd noises or strange odors when the heating equipment is running.
Conditioned Air Distribution
Temperature inconsistencies or inadequate air output from some registers can point to problems with your HVAC duct system. There may be deficiencies that should be addressed, like disconnected sections or blockages, or air leakage due to a lack of sealing/insulating. If you have a larger or multi-story home, a zoning system may be recommended to improve air distribution and comfort.
Heating Equipment Age
The age of your furnace can impact its efficiency, reliability and safe operation. Older units typically have lower efficiency ratings, so they provide less heat per fuel dollar compared to newer, more efficient models. As a furnace ages, it’s also likely to need repairs more often, and the heat exchanger may deteriorate leading to safety issues. If your furnace is 15+ years old and problems are developing with its performance, it may be time to consider replacement.
If you’re concerned about furnace performance in your Coastal Bend home and would like to schedule a professional assessment, contact us at CCAC.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about your HVAC system, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 361-678-2495.