Holly Springs Heating FAQs
There are many questions when it comes to home heating services. Below are the most asked questions that we receive.
Should I repair or replace my furnace?
Every repair-replace scenario is unique cost balance. How much will the repairs cost vs. how much could you potentially save by purchasing a new unit. Here are a few factors that may help you to determine if it’s time to replace your old heating or cooling system.
Years in operation: All heating units have there own expected life expectancy, but the average is approximately 15-20 years. It is probably a better idea to replace an older unit that is more likely to have continued problems with a more efficient unit. However, if your heating system is relatively new, the best option may be a repair.
Energy efficiency and utility bills: If your current unit has a low-efficiency rating, it may be cost-effective to replace it with a more energy-efficient model. Replacing an 80% efficient furnace with a 96% one will typically pay for itself in around 10 years. Although, there could also be rebates available which would speed that up.
Length of home ownership: If you are planning to sell your home in the near future a repair may be your best option. The longer you plan to live in your house, the longer you have to recover the cost of a new high-efficiency heating or cooling system unit.
How can I lower my utility bills?
The more energy your home consumes in electricity or fuel, the higher your utility bill will be. To cut utility bills, you will need to reduce the amount of energy that your home uses.
Here is a breakdown of some energy saving ideas:
Install High Efficiency a Furnace: Some furnaces can offer an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) as high as 98.5%. That means almost all the fuel purchased is used for heating your home. Not lost out the vent.
Install a Heat pump (heating mode): Some heat pumps offer Heating Season Performance Factor (HSPF) of 9 or higher, which may provide significant energy efficiency and savings on monthly heating bills when compared to a less efficient model. Heat pumps a very efficient and have the added benefit of being able to cool your home as well.
Installing new, high-efficient HVAC equipment is only one piece of the puzzle, and can be an expensive one. Here are some additional factors that can influence heating and cooling efficiency levels include:
- Routine air filter replacements
- Local climate
- Thermostat or control system settings
- Installation and maintenance schedule
- Insulation and construction methods
- Windows and doors
- Programmable thermostats
If you are curious about how your indoor heating and cooling equipment may be affecting your energy costs or want to learn ways to improve efficiency, talk to your licensed, professional HVAC dealer.
How offten do I need to service my heating system?
To keep your heating system running as efficient as possible, we recommend a maintenance appointment at least once a year. This will help ensure your heating system is running at its best and will be aware of any small problems before they become big problems.
What is the best heating system for my home?
There are many different and effective ways to heat your home. This includes traditional furnaces, heat pumps, geothermal, and many others. To provide the best solution for your unique home, we would need to have an onsite consultation. You can give us a call 919-557-0004, or schedule an appointment.
How often do I need to replace my air filter?
This will depend on the filter you are using. Some filters can be in use for a few months while others need to be replaced monthly. To know for sure, please consult the packaging on your furnace filter.
Is my furnance supposed to have a burning smell?
If your furnace was newly installed, there typically is some oil and residue present during the manufacturing and shipping process that can produce a burning smell. Also, when your furnace starts up for the first time in the fall dust and dirt buildup burning can also cause a smell which should dissipate after the first few times it runs. If you have a continuing burning smell from your furnace, please contact us to have it inspected.
What things can I do to help my furnace run better and last longer?
Make sure you keep your filter clean. The frequency of your filter change depends on your home, especially if you have pets or suffer from allergies. Keeping your filter clean helps the furnace breather better making it run more efficiently and last longer.
How often should I have my air ducts inspected?
Properly installed ductwork should not need inspection, but if you are experiencing larger than expect fluctuations in your energy bills it could be a sign that there is a leak in your ductwork. If you are concerned that you are dumping warm air into your attic or crawl space, give us a call. 919-557-0004