If you live in Contra Costa County or anywhere in the Bay Area, you may be wondering if your furnace is working properly. If your system is old, you may even be considering the benefits of a new heating system vs. the one you currently have. Sure, having new equipment installed costs money – but how much is that old system costing you in terms of energy efficiency and monthly utility bills?
The fact is, older systems use more energy to keep your home as warm as it would be with a newer, more energy efficient system. This translates to higher energy bills, and you never know when an old system is going to provide you heat for the last time. If your furnace is 10, 12, or even 15 years old, you may want to consider replacing it, as you’ll enjoy a warmer, more comfortable home while saving money over the long run.
Sometimes an older system functions so poorly, it’s hard to tell if it’s even working. You’re family is freezing, and you’re not sure what the problem is. While we always encourage residents in the San Francisco area to have their heating & cooling systems checked out BEFORE cold temperatures arrive, few people do. It’s the old adage, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Considering it’s a long time from the end of one winter season to the beginning of the next, how do you know it’s not broken?
The truth is, most HVAC companies’ profits are made on repairs than on the installation of newer systems. While we urge homeowners again and again to have their heating systems properly serviced and maintained, few heed our warnings. This results in constant repairs, which can add up to more than a new system would cost over the course of a few years considering repair costs and higher energy bills.
It’s February, so there are still several months of cooler temperatures to go. If your utility bills are higher than usual or your heater just doesn’t seem to be performing as it should, give Ortiz Heating & A/C a call. We’ll help determine whether a new system would benefit you in terms of comfort and money savings, or whether minor repairs will solve the problem.