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When Should I Replace My Furnace?

Is It Time to Upgrade My Furnace, or Should I Wait?

furnace installation massachusettsWhen should I replace my furnace? It’s a question everyone asks themselves at some point. And while the answer can depend on many factors, the answer ultimately comes down to: when your heater is no longer meeting your needs.

Of course, your needs can run the gamut from the bare minimum – expecting your furnace to heat – to the more complex: expecting your heater to heat efficiently, save your money, or perform the latest technological wonders. Whatever you decide are your priorities, the knowledgeable energy experts at Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling can help you weigh your options and make a decision that’s right for your circumstances.

Does your heater heat?

No matter how old your furnace is, if it’s not performing the most basic intended function – that is, keeping you and your family warm and comfortable, consistently – it’s time for a repair or upgrade. Just because your furnace malfunctions, though, doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll need to replace it altogether. Sometimes, it’s just a simple fix. A seasoned energy expert is in the best position to evaluate what’s wrong with your furnace and what your options are. Our compassionate heating experts never pressure you to upgrade your system before you are ready. We will find the safest and most economical options and explain them all in detail.

Ready for the latest and greatest technology – and the savings they bring?

It may sound counterintuitive, but upgrading to newer technology can ultimately save you money in the long run. A lot of technological advances have happened in the past two decades. Just think of all the innovation you’ve seen this millennium in other industries, like cell phones and the Internet. Furnaces have changed too, and they’ve become much more efficient.

  • A programmable thermostat can give you a lot of bang for your buck, since it can allow you to control the temperature of your home according to your schedule, and when you will be in your residence to enjoy optimum comfort. By turning your heater down when you aren’t home, but not too far, you’ll never have to sacrifice warmth to save money, or sit around with your teeth chattering for 30 minutes while the heater reboots.
  • Programmable thermostats can save you lots of money on energy bills, and a smart thermostat goes even further. Smart thermostats can work with an app to adjust your thermostat automatically using several factors, such as your family members’ location and proximity to home.

Your furnace is as old as time

It’s natural to initially want to prolong the life of your heater to infinity and beyond. After all, we have all been conditioned to think that an upgrade is going to be costly. However, with today’s technological advances, a new furnace could pay for itself in short order, with reduced energy costs.
If your furnace is two or more decades old, it’s worth considering an upgrade, even if it’s still kicking. Furnaces don’t last forever, and it’s better to make the decision on your own terms, rather than being forced to decide while shivering in your basement, staring at your broken furnace in the dead of winter. No judgment, of course! We see this all too often.

You think you might sell your home in the coming years

Even if your home isn’t on the market, if you think that might be a possibility down the line, it’s a great idea to consider upgrading your system. A newly replaced furnace can add a lot of value to your home and is attractive to potential buyers, especially if your home is older. While you may not choose the latest and greatest new technology if you’re not going to be there to enjoy it, there are many economical options available. On the other hand, you may want to boost your home’s value with all the newest heating tech, and enjoy it while you decide your next move.

Let us be by your side when considering a furnace replacement

Your friends at Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling will be available whenever you need us. If you think your furnace may be due for a replacement sooner rather than later, reach out to our experienced Needham Oil energy experts to evaluate the health of your furnace and your available options. We offer a 100% Complete Satisfaction Guarantee on all equipment installations and can help you with great financing options and rebates, as well.