Spring is the perfect time to have your furnace and/or air conditioning systems serviced. If you need your old equipment replaced, this is a great time of year for that as well. Now that temperatures are on the mild side, you’ll be able to go a few days without heating or air conditioning but before you dive into the nitty gritty, we want to share a few common questions about furnace and air conditioning systems with you.
Q: How long should we expect a furnace and air conditioning system to last?
A: The industry average is about 15-17 years, with a poor quality product and installation only lasting about 5-10 years and a high efficiency product and proper installation lasting upwards of 20 years.
Q: How does the size of a new unit compare to the size our old unit?
A: New furnaces have a smaller footprint and are smaller in size than older models but still connect into the same ductwork. Your new outdoor air conditioner unit might actually be larger than your current unit. This has to do with efficiency. Newer, more efficient models tend to have larger outdoor units.
Q: We currently use 3m filters, are there better options out there?
A: When installing a new furnace, you have the opportunity to install a better filter. We are modifying the ductwork at your furnace and because of that, we are able to add a larger filter cabinet that can hold a larger filter.
Q: How much more efficient is a new system compared to our old system?
A: That depends on your old system and how efficient it is. 15-20 year old furnaces are roughly 65-75% efficient, while new air conditioners can be about 1.5 - 2 times more efficient than older systems.
Q: What are my thermostat options?
A: Today, there are programmable thermostats available with touch screens and other easy-to-use features. There are also thermostats that can be controlled from your smartphone.
Have additional questions about your furnace and AC system? Feel free to contact the experts at Uptown! We’d love to hear from you and will be more than happy to answer any and all of your questions.