What You Should Know About Your Home Furnace
For most, a furnace is that thing that rumbles when you turn up the heat and perhaps at one point in the recent past that was sufficient but today’s furnaces are part of your homes HVAC – Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning – System, that when operating effectively, keeps you home structurally sound with filtered air and a comfortably temperature. What this means is that for today’s home or business property owner, or anywhere with an HVAC System means, there is more to be considered.
The furnace is the most common whole-home appliance covering 57 percent of Canadian households in 2011 according to Statistics Canada. In 2011, natural gas was used to heat 50 percent of Canadian homes and in Alberta was the principal energy source for 72 percent of households.
At Just in Time Furnace Inc, our certified gasfitters and technicians are here for new installations, replacements, or repairs as well as maintenance and furnace cleaning in Calgary. To ensure your know-how is up to date, here are some things we think you should know about your home furnace so you’re prepared when a decision needs to be made to fix or replace your furnace.
First, and yes you can snicker here, but size does matter – as in the appropriate size, in line with the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Consideration needs to be given to your home’s square footage, insulation, and more to find the right size furnace for your home. Too small and you cannot heat up your home completely; too big is not only wasteful but it may short cycle and wear down the fan and other components.
However, nothing last forever and the average lifespan of a furnace is about 15-20 years assuming you take very good care of it. Consider replacement if repairs would cost more than a third of replacement cost.
You also need to understand the efficiency math so you know exactly what, and what you are not, paying for. Today, a standard furnace is about 80 percent efficient, meaning 20 percent of the fuel energy goes up the chimney. But you can get furnaces all the way up to 98.5 percent efficient. You need to calculate the higher cost against long term fuel savings or environmental impact is worth the value for your family.
The final consideration is safety, even new furnaces can experience mechanical issues but older ones – even if you haven’t experienced a problem before – statistically have increased risks of failure that can create carbon monoxide or gas leaks. For this reason alone it is worth having a technician complete a routine tune-up and inspection annually. A regular maintenance schedule can include duct cleaning and filter replacement also.
For any or all services your home or business furnace needs, call Just in Time Furnace Inc at 403-333-6666 today for expert service and a free quote.