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Furnace Q&A: All Your Furnace Questions Answered

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With winter almost here, the need for a toasty home is a top priority for homeowners. Now is the time to inspect and perform upkeep on your furnace. For quality assurance or if you encounter any irregularities, call a licensed HVAC professional to schedule furnace maintenance. Don’t put off preparing your furnace for the cold weather. Book an appointment sooner rather than later to keep your home safe and warm this winter. 

Understanding your furnace can be confusing. We’ve created a short list of answers to common furnace-related questions to assist you. However, we recognize that every situation is unique. The HVAC specialists at Comfort Solutions are just a phone call away and are available to answer all your questions.

Q: Is furnace maintenance really necessary?

A: In short, furnace maintenance is vital to optimal HVAC performance. Part of being a homeowner is performing the necessary maintenance to ensure everything runs smoothly. Homes operate on a seasonal basis and each season has its own unique set of maintenance tasks. Adequate winter preparation begins with furnace maintenance. As a core component of your home, it should not be overlooked and should be addressed annually. Having a professional service your furnace can prolong the lifespan, maximize performance, and address any potential faults or concerns. Stay safe and cozy this winter with a furnace tune up from your trusted HVAC specialists at Comfort Solutions.

Q: How regularly should I have my furnace serviced?

A: To best prepare for the cold weather, we suggest performing maintenance near the end of summer or the beginning of fall. Addressing your furnace before the temperatures drop can prevent you from running into issues later. For this reason, furnace maintenance should be at the top of your annual winter home maintenance checklist. The last thing you would want in the dead of winter is for your heating source to be compromised. 

Q: What are the signs that it’s time to repair or replace my furnace?

A: Some tell-tale signs of a faulty furnace include:

  • Struggles to ignite or stay on
  • Releasing abnormal smells or sounds
  • Corrosion
  • Abnormally high energy bills
  • It blows cold air

While these issues can usually be repaired, signs of struggle are generally an early indication that it is time for a new furnace. If you encounter any of these signs, get in touch with us immediately. We can help you figure out what steps need to be taken next to find the best solution for your home. Whether you require a repair or a replacement, we are here to assist you with all your HVAC needs.

Q: What types of furnaces are available and which one should I choose? 

A: The benefits of investing in a new model furnace are lower energy bills, better energy efficiency and improved comfort. Furnaces come in various types, sizes, and capacities, so it is important to know what size is best for your home. The four types of furnaces include:

  1. Natural Gas – Extremely energy efficient and a popular furnace choice for those in colder climates.
  2. Electric – Perfect for smaller homes, rural areas and those looking for an inexpensive furnace. 
  3. Oil – Slightly less efficient than natural gas furnaces, however, they work well in colder climates.
  4. Propane – An alternative to homes without a gas or oil line.

Other factors to take into consideration when choosing a furnace are the appliance’s AFUE rating, your home’s square footage and ceiling height, and the area’s climate. One of our HVAC specialists can provide a comprehensive assessment to help you choose which furnace is the best fit for your home. 

Keep your home warm and safe this winter with a furnace tune up. Contact us now to book an appointment with one of our HVAC specialists.