Winter will be here before you know it, and in many parts of the country, cold temperatures warrant superior indoor heating. But if you’ve just purchased a new home or your heating system is several years old, you may not know how “healthy” your home heating system is. For a non-professional, determining whether a heating system will last for many seasons to come or whether a new heating system is imminent may seem like an impossible task. While a professional inspection is really the only way to be totally sure, these signs may point you in the right direction.
You may need urgent heating installation if:
- Your central heating system is noisy
Furnaces often make a lot of strange sounds near the end. Banging, squealing, rattling, and constant cycling or shut-offs are all signs that your furnace may be verging on a shut-down. It could be that this indicates a necessity for repairs, but when combined with other signs on this list, it may mean you need a new heating system.
- Your energy bills are increasing
It’s fairly common to have your energy bills increase during the winter and summer, as these are the seasons we’re most likely to crank up the heat or the air conditioning. But if your bills seem to increase every month without any real explanation, this may be indicative of poor maintenance or a failing system. When your furnace is in disrepair, it has to work a lot harder to keep your home comfortable. All that extra work translates into higher bills and can even shorten its lifespan. Can’t figure out why your energy bills keep climbing? Get an inspection and find the root of the problem.
- Your heater is old
One of the most obvious signs you might require heating installation in the near future is if you have an older heater. If your heater is 15-20 years old, it’s entirely possible that you might need a new heating system — if not this year, then probably within the next few years. If you’ve maintained it properly, its lifespan might be longer. But no matter what, you should schedule an inspection to be sure. Otherwise, you might end up placing a call for emergency repairs or replacement in the dead of winter.
- The air is dry or dusty
In many cases, changing your HVAC filters regularly can help keep the air clean and your family sneeze-free. But some older furnaces will dirty the air no matter what you do. Consistently stuffy and stale air can make your home extremely uncomfortable and can even put your family’s health at risk. Whether you end up needing a new heating system or not, it’s still a good idea to have an inspection performed and find out the cause.