Chilly days and colder nights have come as the season slowly transitions to winter. But is your heating system ready for the frosty temperatures? It’s important to make sure your units are prepared before it’s too late and you’re stuck bundling up indoors under every blanket you own as a way to stay warm. Let’s take a look at the signs it’s time to upgrade your heating system.
You’re seeing an increased need for repairs
Of course your HVAC unit needs standard maintenance, but if you’re finding that you’re in need of repairs monthly or even weekly, then you should consider upgrading. As we discussed in our previous blog post about heating units, you should test how your heating system works before it’s time to use it daily. It’s better to notice these problems before it’s too late.
Your energy bills have skyrocketed
An outdated heating system can be expensive in many ways, especially in your energy bill. If the unit isn’t running as efficiently as it could be, it will work harder and use more energy. This inefficiency can be due to leaks, faulty parts, or simply the age of your unit. Heating units older than 10 years were manufactured less efficiently than newer ones. Although it may seem like upgrading your system is a hefty expense, it will be worth it in the long run. A more efficient unit means less repairs and lower bills.
You’re noticing strange noises or smells
If your senses are telling you that your HVAC unit is noisier than normal, that’s a sure sign you’re having a problem. New noises from your unit can mean there are loose parts or a worn-out motor. As for odd smells coming from your heating system, this could mean that mold or mildew are living in your unit due to excess moisture or leaks. If you’re worried that you’re having a mold or mildew problem, you should ensure that your air is purified to prevent any sickness.
When in doubt, you can just hire a professional to assess your unit and help you decide what to do next.
The temperature in your home isn’t quite right
Sure, your unit is turning on and seems to be functioning as normal, but is the temperature throughout your home even? Is one room warm while another is still chilly? Uneven heating is a sign that your unit is inefficient. In most cases, a repair should solve the problem, but eventually you’ll be in need of a replacement.
The air in your home is excessively dry or humid
We all know that heater season means it’s going to be a bit drier in your home than normal, but if it feels too dry it might be time to take a look at your furnace or ductwork. Think back to the summer, too. Did it feel too humid in your home? Excessive humidity will lead to the mold and mildew we previously mentioned.
To ensure a comfortable and safe winter, you should check out your heating system and prevent any of these problems from occurring. If any issue does come up and you’re in need of a reliable service, we’ve got your back. Contact us today!