Older Home Heating Systems Add Costs, Comfort Expert Says
These are among the factors comfort specialists like Chris Lenhard of Calvert Heating & Cooling discuss with New Castle County homeowners who are considering an upgrade of their home heating systems.
"An aging furnace simply cannot do what today's heating system can do," Lenhard said. "The precision technology and the energy efficient processes contained within these newer systems are strategically designed to consume less fuel and save on energy costs while providing reliable comfort even on the coldest days. You can enjoy energy-saving, repair-free operation, and the extra-long warranties that cover this equipment provide great protection if problems do occur."
According to Energy.gov, older furnaces had efficiencies in the range of 56% to 70%, while today's heating systems can achieve efficiencies as high as 98.5%, converting nearly all the fuel consumed into useful heat from your home. "The difference shows up right where you want to see it - in lower energy bills," Lenhard said.
Older systems are also prone to break down as parts wear out, Lenhard added. "During really cold temperatures, a breakdown is not only uncomfortable but can be dangerous, especially for seniors at home. This is also the time that companies like ours get very busy with emergency calls, and we hate to keep people waiting for relief. It's always best to plan ahead."
For homeowners who are considering making a change in their system, Calvert Heating & Cooling offers a free, no-obligation Energy Survey for a full system check. "Then they'll know if their furnace just needs a simple tune-up, some minor repairs or if equipment replacement makes sense, and they know it at a time when they can make a good decision that's best for their household."
To contact Calvert Heating & Cooling call 302.998.0460 or visit www.calvertcomfort.com.