As the cooler weather rolls in and you reluctantly fire up the heating system, you may catch yourself wondering about the age of your Brevard home’s heating system. Maybe it’s 10 years old, or even 15. If your heater is pushing past the decade mark, it’s time to think about the next step. Here are a few tips to help you decide when to invest in a new unit.

Getting the Most Out of an Older Heater

A well-maintained heater should serve you well past the 10-year mark. An annual service checkup is absolutely the best thing you can do for your furnace or heat pump – and your wallet. If you’re concerned about the lower efficiency rating of your older heater, try taking a whole-house approach to cutting energy use:

  • Check the ductwork for leaks and damage.
  • Replace the weatherstripping around doors and windows.
  • Replace dirty air filters.
  • Upgrade to a programmable thermostat.
  • Make sure the air vents are clear.
  • Reverse the spin of ceiling fans, so they turn counter-clockwise and push warmer air back down into the room.

Considering a New Heating System

Once the repair bills and reduced efficiency start taking a toll on your budget, it’s time to explore the options. A certified HVAC professional can help you evaluate the condition of the existing unit and understand the new efficiency and airflow calculations for your home so that you can make an educated decision.

To learn more about new heaters, heating repair, and heat pump maintenance, visit Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat’s heating services page or call us today.

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