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When a Furnace Is About to Go

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When a Furnace Is About to Go

Furnaces, especially old ones, are a hassle to have in your home. Many of us have neighbors, parents, friends, or other family members with an old wood or gas furnace in their home that barely works.

Sometimes it’s covered in dust and debris. And some of them still use old pilot lights that are constantly wasting fuel or energy for no other reason than the fact that they haven’t been replaced yet.

Nobody wants to part with their old furnace. These systems have been with us through the ups and the downs, they’re practically a member of the family at this point.

But we’re convinced that when customers see the sheer amount of savings and convenience they’ll get from upgrading and replacing their furnace, that the decision will be an easy one.

So, let’s talk about a furnace replacement in Grand Rapids, MI, and why it might finally be time for you to get it done.

An Old Furnace Is an Unsafe Furnace

Right off the bat, we need to talk about the elephant in the room. An old furnace, especially one that’s pushing its 20th birthday, is an unsafe furnace. We understand that you might know this system inside and out, but it’s still way beyond the average lifespan of a furnace.

This means that it’s got a much higher chance of leaking carbon monoxide, natural gas, and polluting the air of your home through leaks and gaps in the system.

Yes, having carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are good, but they don’t touch every inch of your house. And plus, once they start detecting these contaminants in the air, it’ll likely be at an inconvenient time like in the middle of the night or during a workday.

When it comes to safety, replacing your furnace is the easiest way to ensure your home stays safe and secure. And, getting this work done ahead of time is going to be an easy way to mitigate problems from happening in the middle of the night!

Energy Efficiency Is a Top Priority

There’s a good chance that your old furnace is not working as efficiently as any of the newer models available today. For an example of just how much, furnaces from a couple of decades ago (wood or gas) would have AFUE ratings averaging around 78.

This means that 78% of the fuel that is burned turns into heat while the rest turns into fumes, smoke, and is generally just wasted.

A new furnace today can have an AFUE rating upwards of 90 (and in some cases, 96 or more), meaning that you get an almost 20% increase in efficiency. To make a long story short, you get more heat for less fuel, which becomes instant savings in your wallet over time.

This is one of the best reasons to get your old furnace replaced since you’ll see these costs immediately after you get it swapped out.

Evaluating Cost-Effectiveness

A replacement can cost a lot of money, that’s true. But when you compare that cost to the expensive repairs or frequent issues down the line, the answer of what you should do becomes clear.

Replacing an old furnace might not be cheap, but it’s cost-effective, which is the main point we’re trying to get across. Get the most with your money by investing in this service when it’s needed.

For expert furnace replacement, contact GRmetro Heating and Cooling Inc.

Dwight Engelsma Photo, Owner photo
About The Author

Dwight Engelsma

Dwight Engelsma, founder of GRmetro Heating and Cooling Inc, has been in the home services industry for 30 years. After working in HVAC for several years, he set out to open a company that focused on providing unbeatable customer service from industry experts.

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