At the start of summer, your heating equipment may be the last thing on your mind. But the thing is, the off season is a great time to evaluate your boiler or furnace and consider if it did everything you needed it to last winter. Did you need to call your heating company for repairs? Did your fuel bills seem higher than usual? Did you feel like you were constantly turning up the thermostat?
Taking a few moments to think about your heating system now can pay off big time down the line. Here’s a quick checklist to figure out if your heating system needs to be replaced.
If your thermostat was reading your preferred indoor temperature but you didn’t feel like heat was reaching all areas of your home, that can be a signal that your equipment isn’t operating properly.
Abnormal Odors & Noises
Sure, there are some typical sounds that come from an operating furnace or boiler, but do you recall any out-of-the-ordinary banging or clunking? Loud noises and strange smells are two red flags to watch out for.
Dry or Dusty Air
Excessively dry or dusty indoor air can be the result of an ineffective boiler or furnace. Keeping up with your annual heating tune-up will help with your home’s indoor air quality, but over time replacing your heating equipment will be the solution.
Increasing Heating Bills
As heating equipment ages, its operating efficiency and performance will decline. If you notice your heating bills are growing every winter, without factors like volatile market prices or increased fuel usage to blame, that’s a clear symptom of decreased efficiency. Replacing it with a new high-efficiency model will help reduce your fuel usage and expenses.
Regular Repair Calls
Looking back on your service history, have you had to call for more repairs than usual? Like all machinery, heating systems will suffer wear and tear over the years and require more frequent service visits. Eventually these really start to add up! Upgrading to a new model may actually be the most cost-effective option when you look at the big picture.
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The warmer months are a great time to install a new heating system because you can get everything taken care of long before the leaves start to change. Fuel and HVAC companies have more scheduling flexibility to provide an estimate and get your installation on the calendar Plus, you have the time to do your research to find out if you qualify for local rebate opportunities or tax credits for qualifying Bioheat® fuel systems.
Contact your local heating provider to get a quote on a new heating system and make sure to ask about rebate opportunities.