Hopefully everyone knows that getting a tune-up before the winter sets in is important for increasing the length of your equipment life, improving efficiencies, and saving money on energy costs, but do you know exactly how old your furnace is? While we recommend without hesitation the necessity for annual maintenance, if your furnace or boiler is over 15 years old, you should start considering investing in a new system.
Newer units usually will have a manufacturer’s date somewhere on the furnace. Unfortunately, with older furnaces, it can be a bit trickier. Usually, you will have to find a serial number listed somewhere on the equipment. The serial number will have insight to various different components of your furnace or boiler, including its age. Doubtless, you do not have a book of serial numbers at your disposal, so you will have to be a bit cleverer at that point.
With new technologies making increasingly more efficient and effective models of furnaces or boilers, you not only can decrease your carbon footprint, but you can save a lot in fuel and energy costs. New systems are between 20%-40% more efficient than previous models and have Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiencies (AFUE) of over 90%. All of these factors add up to big savings for you.
So, if you have an older furnace or boiler, we recommend doing some research and finding what upgrade will be best for you. Don’t forget, your friendly, local home comfort service provider can help you find the size, make, and, model perfect for your home and family.