When Should You Replace Your Furnace or Boiler?

When should you replace your furnace or boilerSigns That You Need to Replace Your Furnace or Boiler

During the winter months you may wake up or come home to find out your furnace or boiler isn’t working. This can be a very stressful time for many families. How do you decide whether to make an emergency furnace repair or invest in furnace replacement? It’s hard to decide whether you should repair or replace your furnace or boiler, which is why we are sharing these general guidelines for whether you should repair or replace your furnace or boiler.

Repairing your furnace or boiler is usually the less expensive option. However, it is possible for some repairs to cost just as much as a furnace or boiler replacement. For older furnaces and boilers, decide whether you want to put money into a failing piece of equipment or invest in a new system. If you choose to go with a new system you will have a warranty so you don’t have to worry about your system from day to day.

Below are some general rules for when it’s time to replace from EnergyStar.gov:

Your furnace or boiler is more than 10 years old

This is the normal life expectancy for heating & air conditioning equipment. After this time, repairs generally don’t make sense when compared to the cost of a new system. In addition, upgrading to a newer, more efficient system can save significant money on your utility bills.

Your furnace or boiler needs frequent repairs and energy bills are going up

These are the tell-tale signs that it’s time to invest in a new heating system. Invest in a system that can provide a higher, more stable level of comfort as well as reduced energy bills.

No one is home for long periods of the day and you do not have a programmable thermostat.

A modern system with a programmable thermostat can keep your energy bills low, while still ensuring you are comfortable while at home. Smart thermostats can also learn about your behavior and keep your home comfortable and more efficient.

You experience humidity issues or problems with excessive dust

Older equipment and leaky ducts can cause these problems. Meyer & Depew can install new equipment as well as offer solutions for humidity and indoor air quality control. Managing your home humidity keeps your home comfortable for you, your family, and your pets.

Not sure if you need a replacement?

At Meyer & Depew, we offer free, no obligation, in-home consultations. If you aren’t sure if you would benefit from a new furnace or boiler, Click Here or call us at 908-272-2100 to schedule an appointment today.

The Answer is: A Whole Home Generator

What happens when there is a power failure at your home? Does your basement flood without power to your sump pump? Does food spoil in your refrigerator or freezer? Do you feel disconnected not being able to watch the news on TV or charge your mobile electronics?

Honeywell whole-house natural gas-fired generators turn on automatically when the power goes off and turn off automatically when the power comes back on.

You don’t need to be home and you don’t need to run extension cords all over your house or stand in line to buy gasoline.

Learn more here on how to keep the power on!

Daylight Savings Time & Your Thermostat

fall-back-400x225With the clocks rolling back this Sunday, November 1, 2015, it is important to make sure your home thermostat is also updated. Most newer, digital thermostats have the option to automatically update for Daylight Savings Time, but some do not. Make sure your thermostat is displaying the correct time. Also, this is a great time to replace the batteries in your thermostat as well as your smoke & carbon monoxide alarms if applicable. If you need any assistance, give us a call!

Energy Saving Tips for Earth Day

In the spirit of Earth Day, we wanted to share some tips on how you can save some energy when it comes to your home heating and cooling system. Because such a large portion of your home’s energy bill comes from your heating and cooling system, even these small changes can create a big difference in your energy bill!

Here are a few tips for saving some energy that we hope will help everyone out. Most of them are fairly simple and can be done rather quickly and easily. These tips can also help extend the life of your heating and cooling equipment in your home, saving you even more money in the long run. (more…)

Meyer & Depew Winter Savings Event

BRRR! We’ve been having some COLD days lately and it looks like there’s more to come! Meyer & Depew wants to help out by offering some of the biggest discounts we’ve ever offered. We only have a limited number of installation appointments available, and with these deals, they’ll go fast – so schedule today! This is a great opportunity to update your heating system to an energy efficient unit, or even install a whole home generator to keep your home running when the power goes out. Total savings will be based on the proposal amount, see below:

 

Not valid on prior purchases. Must be presented at time of proposal. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Summer Energy Savings: What Summer?

It certainly has been an interesting summer. Here we are on July 17th and just yesterday we experienced our first day of temperatures over 90 degrees since late April. Until recently, we didn’t even have much humidity to deal with either. As a result, we’ve been blessed with some truly beautiful weather. I hope you had a chance to enjoy it.

Does this cooler than average summer mean that we’ll have a cooler than average winter as well? Maybe things will average out at the end of the year with a warmer winter. How will the return of El Niño (predicted by NOAA to persist throughout the coming winter) impact our winter?

It’s difficult to determine what will happen with the weather. It’s not so difficult to say what’s happened to the cost of energy and where it may lead towards. The cost of energy continues to climb and the recently proposed Cap & Trade legislation. If it becomes law (as passed by the House of Representatives and due for debate in the Senate), it will likely result in steep increases in the cost of home heating and cooling.

That’s good and bad. It’s certainly not a welcome idea to pay more to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. The desired effect of the higher cost is that we’ll all be encouraged to increase the efficiency of our energy-consuming devices and look at alternative energy sources such as solar panels.

The federal government is offering a federal tax credit of 30% of the installed cost of qualified heating and cooling systems up to a maximum of $1,500. This is a tremendous incentive and will help many Americans replace older, in-efficient systems with new heating systems that are up to 97.3% efficient and new cooling systems with seasonal energy efficiency ratios (SEER) of up to 21. These new systems also feature environmentally-friendly refrigerants that don’t contribute to the deletion of the ozone layer. The reduced energy consumption will help us to reduce our carbon footprint. Qualified heating systems must have a minimum efficiency of 96% and qualified cooling systems must have a minimum SEER of 16.

It’s certain that investing in energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly products like high-efficiency heating and cooling systems are ultimately good for the environment and good for your wallet. I still wish it were hotter! What do you think?

Bobby Ring
President
Meyer & Depew Co.