If your Lake County, IL heating system is between 10 and 15 years old, its age may be affecting indoor comfort, energy efficiency, and heating costs. If your furnace needs frequent repairs, does not adequately heat your home or business, or is expensive to operate, it may be time to replace it. Here are some signs that indicate when a new heating installation may be needed.

High Utility Bills

Older furnaces, boilers, and other heating systems are less energy-efficient than newer models. Efficiency is rated by annual fuel utilization efficiency. AFUE compares the amount of energy used to produce heat to the amount lost. The AFUEs of high-efficiency furnaces range between 89% and 99%. Older furnaces have AFUEs as low as 56%, meaning that almost half of your utility costs are going up in smoke. Your HVAC contractor can recommend energy-saving equipment that lowers utility bills.

Poor Temperature Control

The temperatures in Lake County can tax any HVAC system. You may find some rooms warmer than others, experience hot and cold spots, or have difficulty controlling humidity. A licensed HVAC contractor can recommend ways to improve comfort.

Replacement Versus Repair

Furnaces can last upwards of 20 and 30 years. That said, there are several variables that affect longevity. If your unit is 15 years old, well-maintained, and does not have major issues, there is no need to replace it. However, if your heating system is 20 years old and requires heating repairs that exceed 50% of replacement costs, it may be time for a new installation. A more energy-efficient model will save money and provide better comfort.

Herchenbach Mechanical Heating & Cooling provides a full range of heating and cooling services, including new installations, preventive maintenance, and repairs. If your heating system is not performing according to your needs, call (847) 227-1426 to speak to one of our NATE-certified technicians. We offer 24-hour emergency service for those situations that cannot wait. We provide free estimates for new installations.

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