Angie's List Report: Upgrading Your Furnace

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Updated: 10/02/2013 11:41 pm
(WDEF)   Experts say there are warning signs you may need to replace your furnace.  Are your utility bills going up?  Are you always adjusting the thermostat to make your home more comfortable? Can the system keep up?
    Kris Conoveris works as an HVAC Contractor.  He said, "The average life of a heating and cooling system is somewhere between 12 to 18 years so obviously as you get older things start to break down in your body, the same thing happens with heating and cooling equipment."
    Remember bigger is not always better. Your unit should be correctly sized to operate efficiently.  And how much are you willing to spend?  As the efficiency rating goes up, so does the cost.
    Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "Buying a new furnace is a large investment in your home. It's an appliance that is going to last for many, many years so you want to be sure you find a company that is going to stand behind their installation. You should expect them to come out and give you an assessment of your furnace on-site. Also, they'll check your ductwork as well to make sure it's adequate."
    Ask prospective companies what specific manufacturers or equipment brands they carry. Contractors should hold training certifications with those makers.
    Hicks added, "Even if you have a brand new furnace you want to be sure you are doing your regular maintenance. A great idea is to check your furnace filter once a month. An easy way to do that is check in when you paying your utilities bills each month. A clean air filter is going to help your furnace run more efficiently and help you air quality."
     It may be a good idea to replace both your furnace and AC at the same time. You could see savings because the installation crew is already on site.

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