Heating Installation Made Easy in the Lowcountry
Is your heater more than 15 years old? Lowcountry and Coastal Empire winters can get cold. Make sure your furnace or heat pump will make it through these South Carolina and Georgia winters. That's why it’s important to understand when it’s time for a heating system replacement.
Have you experienced any of the following with your heating system?
- Your utility bills are higher than they should be.
- Strange or loud noises emit from your heater.
- Your home no longer gets warm enough when it’s cold.
- The system required more than two repairs in as many years.
Broken heaters can usually be repaired, but when your heater is at the end of its useful life, a new one should be installed. After a while, it becomes more expensive to continue to repair it rather than replace the system altogether.
There are a number of factors that can influence the cost to install a new furnace in your home, including the size of your home, the state of its existing ductwork and the type of system you’re looking to install. Generally speaking, electric furnaces have the lowest upfront costs while gas furnaces have the lowest overall operating costs. The best way to know how much it will cost to replace your furnace is to get a quote from a professional HVAC contractor.
On average, most well-maintained furnaces will last somewhere between 15 and 20 years. Here are some factors that will affect the how long your furnace will last:
- The type of fuel - In general, oil-fueled furnaces tend to last the longest.
- Proper size - If your furnace is too large for your home, it’s going to turn on and off a lot more, which puts extra wear and tear on its components. Likewise, if it’s too small, it might have to run nearly all the time, shortening its lifespan.
- Poor ductwork - If your ductwork isn’t installed correctly, is the wrong size or has too many leaks, this will impact the workload of your furnace which has a direct impact on how long it lasts.
- Wrong thermostat settings - You shouldn’t overwork your HVAC system twith inappropriate temperature settings. A temperature set between 60°F-80°F is ideal.
The most important factor, however, is if the furnace has been properly maintained. It’s vital to take care of your system to ensure it lasts its full lifetime, and maybe even beyond.
The output of a furnace is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). A good rule of thumb is that you need a certain number of BTUs per square foot, depending on what climate zone you live in. The farther north you live, the more severe the winter so the more powerful a furnace you’ll need.
Here in Southeastern SC, we live in Climate Zone 1, meaning we require approximately 30-35 BTUs per square foot of space. So, if you live in a 1500-square foot home, you’d want a furnace with an output between 45,000 and 52,500 BTUs.
There are other factors that might require you to adjust that number:
- Age of home - Older homes are less energy efficient.
- Insulation - Good insulation will help hold the heat in; poor insulation will let it out.
- Windows - Both the number of windows in your home and their quality can have an impact.
A professional HVAC technician can survey your home and take a look at these factors and more to help you determine what size is right for you.
At R.S. Andrews, we have the knowledge and the skilled experts to tell you if you’ll need to have your whole heating system replaced, or just repaired. If you do need a new heating system installed, we’ll have your new system up and running within a few hours.
We also have heating financing options to make the whole process as easy as possible.
To find out more about our heating installation services and the other services we offer at R.S. Andrews, give us a call at 843-706-5090 today or schedule online!
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- Expert Technicians
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