In the south, many homes and offices get heat from furnaces fueled by natural gas or liquid propane. Recent natural weather cycles have made southern weather cooler and folks have used their furnaces more. Call 770-872-2757 for dependable service 24/7.
Because of age and increased use, furnace failures are occurring with greater frequency. Not only is this a cause of major disruption in the home, but, homeowners face with the decision to replace or repair their furnace.
Replace or Repair the Furnace in Your Atlanta Home or Commercial Building
The very first thing to do is to have your furnace inspected by a qualified HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) contractor. If the repair is minor a consumer may wish to do the repair and get on with their life. But, if the furnace is very old, or needs frequent repair, serious thought to replacement is warranted.
Although furnaces are not inexpensive, todays highly advanced furnace technology make furnace replacement a good investment. The United States Department of Energy (DOE) requires a minimum SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) of 13 for all heating furnaces. The higher the SEER, the more fuel-efficient the furnace is. By replacing your furnace with a modern one you will save on fuel costs. Often, utilities also offer partial rebates on furnace purchases and through the end of 2011 the federal government has extended tax credits for installing energy-efficient furnaces. Qualified Atlanta furnace installation contractors can give you more details for your property.
Consider buying an EnergyStar rated furnace. To earn an EnergyStar label, manufacturers must meet strict energy-efficiency guidelines developed by the DOE who administers the EnergyStar program.
Whether you buy a new furnace or not, discuss with your Atlanta HVAC contractor the type of filter you are using. There is a furnace industry rating system for filters called MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value). The higher the MERV rating, the more efficient the filter is. This allows for air to flow freely through your heating system and run less, thus gaining fuel savings. If you are sensitive to indoor pollutants or suffer from allergies discuss filter options with your HVAC company.
Fall Preseason Furnace Check-Up
Every furnace, whether old or new, should have a thorough fall pre-season check-up to make sure of smooth operation during the heating season. A trained Atlanta furnace technician will inspect your furnace for any potential operating problems, and, if found, repair them before the issue becomes an expensive repair. A thorough inspection can even give you the knowledge of how long you may expect your furnace to stay in service.