If you are like most people, you probably know very little about the furnace or air conditioner in your home. You may not even remember the last time it was serviced. Don’t feel bad if you don’t know much about your furnace that's where Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling can help.
Sooner or later your furnace is going to break down and require an expensive repair or replacement. But planning ahead to spend money on your furnace repair or upgrade will save you time and unneccesary costs in the future. Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling has knowledgeable technicians and has developed this article so you can avoid these Biggest Critical Furnace and AC Mistakes:
1) Missing Rebate Opportunities
There are many grant and rebate opportunities through Fortis BC and manufacturers also offer rebates to help offset the costs of some systems especially for those that have a higher efficiency rating. Contact Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling about current opportunities to find the best suited grants and rebates for your home.
2) Holding a Service Plan but Failing to Save for Furnace Replacement
If you have a service policy or plan, remember that most companies heating and/or cooling service and maintenance plans do not include the heat exchanger - the most critical component in furnace repair. Motors, electrical components, igniters, valves and service are covered by a monthly or annual fee... But be sure to plan ahead for the day your furnace will need to be totally replaced. Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling offers service plans with integrity and will provide maintenance and parts coverage with full disclosure on the limitations of such plans. Our goal is to maintain a honest, up-front and quality sales relationship with you so you can plan ahead and enjoy uninterrupted comfort and avoid unnecessary financial stress.
Maintenance is key in keeping your system functioning in optimal conditions over the life of the unit. Over time dirt, debris, and other foreign substances can cause build up in your system, erode electrical connections and cause other damage that is expensive to replace. In addition, the buildup can cause a your system work harder and drive your utility bills higher. Ensuring your system is clean and maintained annually can extend the life of your system and help you avoid expensive and preventable repairs in the future.
3) Considering the Limitations of Government Efficiency Rating
Efficiency ratings measure how efficiently your furnace or air conditioner delivers heat or cool air to your home during the seasons. The annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating measurement is determined in a laboratory in a controlled situation. It is only an efficiency measurement and is not a measurement of noise levels, electrical usage, warranty length, warranty exclusions or availability of parts.
Energy efficiency in Canada for furnaces is measured by the (AFUE). This is a seasonal measure of fuel efficiency only. It does not include the electrical energy required to operate controls, fans or pumps. The higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the unit is. A furnace’s voluntary EnerGuide label displays the model type and AFUE rating. It also uses a pointer to show where that rating falls on a scale of energy efficiency for similar models. Use the AFUE rating value and EnerGuide scale to compare furnaces and consider looking into other factors listed above before you make your final decision. A better AFUE rating translates to long term savings and less money spent each month heating or cooling your home. A high efficiency system can cut your energy bills in half when compared to an old or inefficient unit. Contact Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling to get professional advice for your furnace replacement plans.
4) Only Considering a Furnace with the Same Brand Name as your Existing Furnace
If you were happy with the perforce of your old Furnace or Air Conditioning unit you may be partial to purchasing another of the same brand. This limits you to one companies prices and efficiencies – Shop around and consult Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling, your reliable source for fair prices, options, service contracts, installation and permits. Compare apples to apples, a furnace or air conditioner's performance largely depends on the original installation and servicing over its operating life. Always remember that if improperly installed, the best furnace in the world will not do a good job keeping a home comfortable and will not deliver its designed efficiency rating. All experts in the HVAC industry know that the installing and service contractor is the most important maintenance choice a consumer can make. This is why Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling is here for you, to make sure you receive the best for your family's home.
5) Going for the Lowest Price
A low price does not always equal best value. A higher efficiency system might cost an extra $800 up-front, but potentially save you $300/year in energy costs. So over the life span of your system, you will save significant money by paying a little more at first for the higher efficiency system.
6) Thinking that All Brands of Furnaces and Air Conditioners are the Same
Many consumers make the assumption that all furnace or air conditioning units are the same. Consumers, in general, are more likely to see other products in their homes and recognize differences in quality, life design and price. But furnaces and air conditioners are like any other product. Manufacturers make different products for different market segments. The vast majority of new furnaces or air conditioners are installed in new homes at a price point dictated by home builders. But builders don't always concern themselves about warranties, noise levels and actual delivered efficiency. Make sure to do the research or get professional advice with Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling technicians to get what you want and need for your home.
7) Waiting to the Last Minute
If you think you have plenty of time to look for a furnace or air conditioner and your unit is over 20 years old you actually have little time to find a replacement. Furnaces don’t usually fail in the middle of the summer. And air conditioners don't usually fail in the middle of winter. They fail when conditions are at their worst and they are needed the most. Don't wait until it fails on a Friday afternoon when temperatures outside are extreme. Be ahead of the game and give yourself plenty of time to look for a replacement. If you allow yourself time to explore the options you will be in control of the process and make a better informed decision with the professional help of Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling technicians.
Heritage Mountain Heating & Cooling offers Air Conditioning and Furnace Repair in Coquitlam, Burnaby, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and the Fraser Valley areas of Greater Vancouver BC.