Is Your Furnace From The Jurassic Period?
Is your heating and air conditioning system so old it belongs in a museum?
Maybe it’s not as old as T-Rex, but if it’s past its prime, it could be eating you for lunch with high utilities.
When is a furnace, air conditioner or heat pump past its prime? How old is too old?
A couple of years ago, Appliance Magazine published a report of the life expectancy one could expect for a range of appliances, including central heating and air conditioning equipment. The life expectancy is determined from past experience and sales data. The average life of an appliance isn’t the age the appliance wears out and dies, though some do. It is also not the age when you should replace. Some would argue that many homeowners wait too long to replace their heating and air conditioning system. The average life expectancy shown below represents the average number of years before most homeowners purchase a replacement. The estimates shown below represent the expert judgment of the Appliance Magazine staff, based on input from manufacturers, industry trade associations, government statistics, and a variety of other sources.
When you exceed the minimum life expectancy, you can feel good about the service you have received from your system. You have gotten good use out of your furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump. However, if you wait too long to replace your system, you risk paying more in utilities and repair costs than you will spend on the equipment itself. It’s usually less expensive in the long run to replace earlier instead of later. In the end, you still must replace your equipment. Wait and you will pay a premium for energy usage and repairs.
Homeowners Yearn for Energy Efficiency
A recent survey caught my eye detailing what Americans most want in their homes. It was conducted by the Demand Institute, a non-profit organization run by the Conference Board, a business group, and Nielsen, the organization responsible for TV ratings. They surveyed a whopping 10,000 households and found the number one thing most Americans desire for their homes but don’t necessarily have is energy efficiency. This isn’t surprising, because energy costs are continually on the rise and take a big chunk of the average household budget. Average household spending on home electricity has grown 56% since 2000, according to the report. While 71% of respondents said they thought their home’s energy efficiency was important, only 35% of those people said they were satisfied with their current home’s energy efficiency. I’ll take a wild guess and presume that many of you reading this are among those unhappy American home owners. Put another way, you’re sick and tired of seeing so much of your hard-earned money going to heat and cool your house!
Here are 3 of the simplest things you can do about it.
1. Have your Heating/Cooling system cleaned
2. Make sure your heating equipment and related ductwork or piping is well insulated and not leaking. Call for your spring inspection program. Tiny air leaks in most existing homes can waste as much energy as leaving a bathroom window open in the freezing cold of winter and the sticky heat of summer when your furnace or air conditioner is on full blast. Closing off these leaks via air sealing is one of the least expensive and most cost-effective measures you can take to improve your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. By sealing uncontrolled air leaks, you can expect to see savings of 10% to 20% on your heating and cooling bills, even more if you have an older or especially leaky house.
3. Get a programmable thermostat, if you don’t already have one in your home. Studies have shown that programmable thermostats can cut heating and cooling costs by around 20%. Programmable thermostats have been around quite a while but some homeowners resist them because of their upfront cost. Do some quick arithmetic on how much you pay each year to heat and cool your home. Then subtract 20% from that. I think you’ll find that the expense of getting a programmable thermostat installed will pay for itself in a rather short period of time. Some people, especially senior citizens, also resist them because they think programmable thermostats are complicated to operate. The current generation of programmable thermostats is much easier to program than the ones that came out years ago. Some models actually program themselves once they learn your comfort preferences. Give us a call to put a stop to your runaway heating and cooling costs.
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Why It Matters:
If a contractor is unlicensed, it’s likely that he or she isn’t insured either. How will he pay you for property damage? If you’re thinking homeowners insurance will protect you, think again. Most coverage plans only cover work done by licensed contractors. Plus, if the contractor gets injured on your property, you could be at fault.
If the project is not built to code, or a permit is not pulled, it may have to be removed or re-done properly. This is a costly inconvenience, and is easily avoidable by following the proper steps. A licensed contractor follows the rules.
There’s a reason licensed contractors are required to learn the trade and pass the test. Allowing an unqualified, inexperienced contractor to do any type of work on your home is a major risk. Contractors lacking qualifications will probably deliver very low quality work. You can easily verify the license number by visiting https://verify.llronline.com/LicLookup/Contractors
Unlicensed contractors may have criminal backgrounds, which include fraud and theft. What happens if you pay a contractor who never comes back to do the service? Save yourself the worry and hire someone you know you can trust.
Whoever you choose to service your home should be a qualified, trustable individual. A clear sign of who is the right person for the job is by seeing who is licensed. Below you can find the reasons why it matters.
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It’s Allergy Season
Ahhh Spring. The weather is turning. The grass is growing. The flowers are blooming. Ah… Ahh… Ah Choooo. For a quarter of the population, this is not Spring. It’s allergy season. It’s the season of red and itchy eyes, sneezes and runny noses, wheezing, congestion, shortness of breath, headaches, drowsiness, and all around misery. People with allergies inhale pollen, dust, dust mites, animal dander, and other nasty stuff that fills the air, triggering the release of histamine chemicals. Histamine causes tissues to swell, mucous to build, and all around misery. Aside from taking antihistamine medication, what can you do? We recommend a whole-house approach with a duct mounted UV light and either a HEPA filtration system or an electronic air cleaner. What’s appropriate for your home depends on your budget, comfort system, and family. At Upstate Heating and Cooling we may not be medical doctors, but we are air doctors. We know air. We know filtration. We know ventilation. And we know service. We can assemble an indoor air package that fits your family and budget. The food your family eats is regulated and inspected. The water your family drinks is tested and treated. Yet, when it comes to the air your family breathes, it’s all up to you. When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters! Don’t wait. Call us today. We have been in this business in the area for 11 yrs. so we know the codes, climate, and construction in the area. We know what works and what doesn’t work. Your home is not going to be our training ground or our experimental lab. We are going to do the repair right the 1st time and that is going to save you money. We give you a satisfaction guarantee so that you can’t waste your money. All of our employees are in uniforms and in a marked vehicle so that you know that they work for our company. We clean up when we’re done so that you don’t have to. At Upstate Heating and Cooling You’ll Get Service You’ll tell your Friends About!
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