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Furnace/Heating System Warning Signs

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As a family-owned and operated company, Efficient Home Solutions understands the need for maximum home comfort during the holiday season – especially here in Dallas with this uncharacteristically cold winter we are having.

With the average Texan spending around $700 on gifts and goodies over the holidays, now is the perfect time to start saving on your energy bills.

The easiest way to cut your energy usage and spending? By ensuring your home’s heating system is operating safely and at peak efficiency with our Winter Special. Our 29-Point Heating System Inspection from the experienced HVAC professionals at EHS Dallas HVAC Repair gives you peace of mind during these cold winter nights. We’re offering this extensive heating system check-up (normally valued at $145) for just $49.

As the Dallas HVAC experts, we understand that information and education are key to making a wise decision when it comes to heating and air conditioning systems for your home. Below you’ll find a list of questions and warning signs that will help you determine when it’s time to replace your gas furnace or heater – before it costs you money or becomes unsafe. It is especially important not to wait until a crisis occurs. A cold night in December or January, with the furnace faltering or failed, is not the time to assess your heating system. Do it now.

A comfortable and healthy home environment requires a safe, efficient and reliable heating system. A fully-operating system heats the home without using large amounts of energy and maintains proper indoor air quality by not overtaxing the supply of oxygen needed for combustion.

This list below is based on research undertaken by the Federal Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and electric and gas utilities. It also draws on the training resources of heating and cooling manufacturers, trade associations and field service personnel.

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1. How Old Is Your Furnace? 
How does the age of your heater or furnace compare to the national average? The average life expectancy of a furnace in 2013 is between 16 and 20 years. If your furnace is close to this age or older, now is a great time to start shopping. Looking for a replacement furnace in an emergency does not give you ample time to make the best decision for your home, family and wallet. Most people prefer to replace their furnace as a planned home improvement rather than a panic replacement when your furnace has failed. For starters, look at your furnace to see if you have a pilot light. If you do, it is almost certain to be over 25 years old!

2. Are Your Gas & Electric Bills Going Up?
Rising gas and electric prices are not the only reason for high bills. Furnaces and Heaters often become less efficient as they age, especially if they have not been properly maintained. As a result, your furnace or heater may run longer in order to provide the same amount of heat. The longer your furnace runs, the higher your gas and electric bills climb. That money you spend on your higher bills could be better spent on a new, more efficient furnace.

3. Have You Had Any Furnace Repairs in the Last Two Years? 
Furnaces and Heaters are like cars – as they age, you can pay for a major repair one month and have a completely different part in need of replacement the very next month. It doesn’t take long to spend $500 just to keep the old furnace or heater running. As a point of reference, you should know that most furnaces incur the majority of breakdowns in the last two years of their lives. A red flag when it comes to heating system repairs: Waiting on a new part. As a furnace ages, it’s harder and harder to find those replacement parts. This waiting can really be uncomfortable and expensive on a cold winter night in Dallas, especially if your home ends up with busted pipes as a result of a failed furnace or heater heat.

4. Does Your Thermostat Keep You Comfortable? 
Are some rooms colder than others? Are you constantly trying to adjust your thermostat to make your entire home more comfortable? This could be a sign that your furnace or heater lacks the ability to properly distribute sufficient air to allow you to achieve a comfortable environment in your home.

Stay tuned to the EHS Blog for Part II of our Furnace/Heater Warning Signs series!