Undated (WXOW) - The average family spends at least $2,000 a year on energy bills according to the Environmental Protection Agency. More than half of that goes to heating and cooling your home. However, if you need to replace your furnace, now may be a good time.
Experts tell Angie's List there are warning signs your furnace may need replacing. If your utility bills are going up or you are always adjusting the thermostat to make your home more comfortable.
If it's time to replace your furnace, there are some things you should consider before buying. Remember, bigger is not always better. Your unit should be correctly sized to operate properly and efficiently.
"Buying a new furnace is a large investment in your home, said Angie Hicks, Angie's List. "It's an appliance that is going to last for many, many years so you want to be sure you find a company that is going to stand behind their installation. You should expect them to come out and give you an assessment of your furnace on-site. Also, they'll check your ductwork as well to make sure it's adequate."
If your air conditioner is showing its age, it may be a good idea to replace both your furnace and AC at the same time. You could see some savings because the installation crew is already on site. Some manufacturers may also offer total system rebates when you replace both your air and furnace.
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