The average furnace is built to last up to 20 years. If yours was installed close to two decades ago, it may be time to start considering furnace replacement as it’s nearing the end of its effective lifespan. While you can often keep doing furnace repairs, circumstances may emerge that make early furnace replacement a better option than sticking with your old system.
If cracks are found in a furnace’s heat exchanger, that’s a serious safety risk that can lead to exhaust fumes being circulated in the home. At that point, the furnace simply needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Even minor repairs can necessitate furnace replacement if it is already more than halfway through its useful lifespan; an old furnace has already lost much of its value, and newer options offer better energy efficiency and more heating power.
Indeed, it may be worthwhile to replace your furnace early even if it’s not having maintenance issues. The HVAC industry has come a long way over the last decade or two, and modern furnaces use much less fuel than their older counterparts. We’ll help you do a payback analysis to determine how long it will take for a new furnace to pay for itself in reduced heating costs. It’s an investment, but often one that can pay for itself through greater heating efficiency in just a few years.
Furnace Replacement with Hurley & David
If you’ve made the decision to replace your furnace, we’ll do everything in our power to make sure you’re set for efficient, effective heating. The process begins with a home energy performance analysis and especially heat loss calculation. It is so-called because it depends on the heat your home loses through its roof, walls, doors, and windows, to determine the house’s heating load. Improper sizing is a very common cause of maintenance issues, and this calculation allows us to make sure your furnace fits your home like a glove. We won’t just take sizing information from your existing furnace; after all, it may have been improperly sized in the first place. And even if it wasn’t, your home’s heating needs may have changed (for instance, a renovation).
Once we have the furnace sizing information we need, we’ll help you choose a replacement furnace to meet your heating needs. Hurley & David is committed to providing you with quality furnace installation. Our technicians know furnaces inside and out, and we make sure every system we install meets the manufacturer’s specifications as a bare minimum. We specialize in Lennox furnaces which are one of the most energy-efficient furnace brands around.
A replacement furnace is a major investment in your home, and we’ll be glad to help you make it a good one. Check out our coupons page for a potential discount on your new furnace. We are a trustworthy heating contractor with over 50 years of experience. In addition, we can provide emergency furnace replacement services 24/7 with no surcharge! Give us a call at (413)-650-1327 to see what Hurley & David can do for you.
Updates to the Regional HVAC Equipment Efficiency and Testing Standards
Effective January 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will update its efficiency and testing standards for residential and commercial HVAC equipment. All regulatory changes will differ by product type and region. Since the updated standards will result in price increases across all HVAC contractors, now is the time to buy the equipment you need for your home or business.
The minimum efficiency standards for residential and commercial air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will increase production efficiency and national energy savings while decreasing national energy consumption.
Northern U.S. & Canada
All split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2023, must meet the updated standards. However, split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured before January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 13 SEER to 15 SEER in these regions.
Split-system air conditioners manufactured before January 1, 2023, can’t be installed once the updated standards take effect. All installations of products that don’t meet the new standards must be completed by December 31, 2022. However, split-system heat pumps, single-packaged air conditioners, and single-packaged heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 14 SEER to 15 SEER in both the Southwest and Southeast regions.
In addition to higher minimum efficiency standards, the M1 testing procedures used for residential and 3 to 5-ton light commercial, single-phase equipment manufactured on or after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will produce more accurate SEER, EER, and HSPF efficiency ratings. Manufacturers will be required to re-test equipment using the new M1 Standard requirements as well as publish equipment efficiency ratings using the new efficiency metrics of SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2.