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Is it time to upgrade your old heating system?

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Most homeowners will do whatever they can to squeeze out as much life as possible from their old systems, making patch repairs or paying for multiple quick fixes, to try and save money versus the cost of replacement. But if your system is over 10 years old, it may be costing you more money in energy costs and repairs than you think. If your furnace is making odd noises, or your heating bill last fall/winter was out of control, it may just be time to start looking for a replacement. Check out these 5 quick tips to decide if the time is now, and when you’re ready, call the professionals at Action Mechanical. Our certified technicians will make sure you’re not left in the cold this winter season, by installing a new heating system that fits your budget, and keeps your family warm, while cutting down on heating costs.

1. Is your heating system 10 years old?
If your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it’s time to look at some stats. The efficiency of older furnace and boiler systems ranges from 56% to 70%. Modern heating systems, however, can achieve up to 99% efficiency. A new, energy efficient system converts nearly all the fuel to useful heat for your home. Home energy efficiency upgrades and a new high-efficiency heating system can even cut your bills in half.

2. What’s that noise?

When you kick that heat on, do you hear a series of odd rumblings, booms, clanks, and squeaks? If so, at the very least, your system is in need of an inspection. It could be an easy fix, such as a pilot light adjustment, ignition issues, worn out parts, or even just loose parts. However, it could also be a sign that your heating system is just dying on you.
But not to worry just yet, the service pros at Action Mechanical are just a phone call away, and can come perform an inspection to find out what all those noises are costing you and get you fixed up right in time for heating season.

3. Are your ducts outdated?
If you notice that some of the rooms in your home feel a bit too hot, while others feel a bit too cold, it could be the fault of your ducts. Efficient and well-designed duct systems distribute air properly throughout your home without leaking to keep all rooms at a comfortable temperature. Leaky ducts can pull particles and air from attics, crawl spaces, and basements and distribute them throughout your house. In some cases, it may be possible to prolong your ducts life by sealing them. Other times, it may just be time to replace them and give your home a fresh start.
Action Mechanical specializes in all areas of HVAC, and can inspect your home’s ductwork to find the right solution for you.

4. Does your home have humidity problems?
If your equipment is outdated or malfunctioning, or your ductwork is leaky, you may notice that the air in your home is too dry in the winter, or too humid in the summer. Both of which can wreak havoc on your skin, sinuses, hair, and even woodwork in your home.
Action Mechanical can install a new, efficient heating system that can help reduce dry winter air, helping to prevent those skin irritations and sinus problems. It can even help preserve the quality of your home’s porous materials like wood, including furniture, woodwork, wood floors, pianos, and other musical instruments.

5. Are you still using that old thermostat?
If you leave home for long periods of the day and you do not have a programmable thermostat, consider installing one when you upgrade your system. They can make your life a lot easier, and effortlessly improve the comfort of your home. Your old thermostat might be struggling to regulate your home’s temperature, which can lead to higher energy costs. The trained professionals at Action Mechanical can install programmable and Wi-Fi models that will take the hassle out of heating.

If you suspect it’s time for your heating system to get a tune-up, or it’s time to look at updating and upgrading, contact Action Mechanical. Our skilled technicians can help identify potential problems before your heating system breaks down, inconveniently, in the dead of winter. Don’t be left out in the cold this winter, call Action Mechanical today!

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