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If You Constantly Need Furnace Repairs, It’s Time for a New One

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Technology in general has come a long way in the last fifty years. Furnaces and their efficiency are definitely a part of that trend. Old furnaces can’t compete with newer models. They break down more often and they cost a lot more to maintain warm temperatures. Often, a furnace isn’t replaced until it’s on it’s last leg, or you and your family spend some nights freezing because it’s finally gone out. A furnace isn’t cheap, so putting off buying a new one might seem like the better financial decision. In reality, it may be costing you more. One of the best parts of getting a new furnace is the fact that you don’t have to worry about it for decades into the future.
You don’t have to wait until your furnace stops working to replace it. Pay attention to the signs long before you’re sleeping in the cold waiting for a repair man. Routine maintenance is normal for furnaces. But when you find yourself calling up HVAC companies to come out and do Overland Park furnace repairs year after year, that should tell you something. Buying a new furnace can help you avoid spending money in repairs. But it also cuts down on your monthly bills. Furnaces today are much more efficient. Just because an old furnace puts out heat does not mean it is doing so in a way that is cost effective or good for the planet. It costs a lot to run an old furnace. Unfortunately, the harder a furnace has to work to heat your home, the worse off the environment is.
To measure just how effective a furnace is, each one is given a rating, known as an AFUE, or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating. By finding out how much fuel a furnace uses while turned on, and contrasting that with the amount of that fuel that got turned into exhaust, a rating is given. Older furnaces from the 1970s usually get rated at right around 65%. That translates to 45% of the fuel you pay for getting wasted as exhaust. A high efficiency furnace can essentially use far less fuel to get the same results as an older furnace.
Today, there are much higher standards in place for furnaces. Obviously emissions take a massive toll on the atmosphere and surrounding environment. To help curb that effect, the government requires that new furnaces have a minimum rating of 78%. The good news for consumers is that you can have far better than that. If you can believe it, there are furnaces with ratings as high as 98.2%. With only 1.8% of your fuel being wasted, you can be sure that you’re getting your money’s worth.
Those types of ratings are helpful to the environment. But they also help homeowners save money. People who go from an old furnace to a newer high-efficiency model, with over 90% AFUE rating see between a twenty five and thirty percent drop in their bills each month. If you find yourself paying for an Overland Park HVAC company to come out and work on your furnace every year, then it may be time to compare how much you would spend with a new furnace in your home. You’ll enjoy a warmer home, cheaper bills, and be able to live without the stress of having it constantly repaired for years to come.