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When Do You Realistically Need to Replace Your Furnace?

There’s no doubt that it gets cold in Tennessee during the winter. You want your furnace to work right every time to keep your home and family warm. If your furnace is reaching the end of its life, you may be considering a furnace replacement.

Since furnaces can last for upwards of 20 years or more, this may be your first-ever furnace replacement. If that’s the case, you probably have a lot of questions. Our team is experts at furnace replacement in Murfreesboro, TN. We can offer a free assessment and outline all of your options so you can make the best choice for your home and needs. 

Signs That It’s Time for Furnace Replacement 

Thankfully, your furnace is not going to suddenly break overnight without warning. There are always signs, even small ones, that can indicate your furnace is slowing down as it ages. You may begin to hear unusual sounds or smell something bad when air blows out of your vents. 

Your furnace may begin to produce dust or soot and turn on and off more frequently. You may also see increased energy bills, even if you’re not using your heater more than usual. Some of these signs are easy to ignore and hope for the best. But you should always address furnace problems as soon as you identify them. Otherwise, you can shorten the life of your furnace and end up replacing it sooner than what is average.

Choosing a Furnace Type

The first step in choosing a new furnace is to think about what kind of furnace you want to have. Options include:

  • Natural gas furnace – These are the most common installation we see. They are very reliable and inexpensive. However, they can have a higher environmental impact because of the fumes and carbon monoxide this type of system releases.
  • Oil furnace – An oil furnace is more friendly to the environment than a natural gas furnace, although it is very similar. However, oil is very expensive and so this type of furnace is becoming obsolete because of improvements in technology.
  • Electric furnace – An electric furnace is usually less expensive to install but more expensive to operate on a monthly basis. They’re also easier to maintain, which is a benefit, but if your area gets particularly cold, it may not heat up your home as well as you expect it to. 
  • Coal furnace – Just like oil, coal is becoming less and less common. It is still possible to have a furnace that runs on coal. The installation is more expensive, but they are extremely efficient to run throughout the year. Plus, they don’t require a connection to any gas or electric lines. 

You May Want to Go Geothermal

Geothermal units are gaining popularity. However, it’s a big undertaking to install a new geothermal unit because it requires a set of coils in your yard under the ground to help sustain your desired temperature inside your home. 

Comfort is a must, call the experts you trust. Contact Precision Air, Inc today for your HVAC and indoor air quality needs.

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