Whenever winter is around the corner, we start to think about the condition of the furnace and its age. Whenever summer is around the corner, we do the same if we have central air conditioning in the home. The cost of energy to heat and cool our homes is rising all the time so most of us do think about energy conservation and want to lower our heating bills as much as we can, starting with our furnace.

There are a variety of heating systems on the market that one needs to explore. There is a lot to take into consideration, such as price and affordability as well as our age. If someone is a senior and their health is not good, then they would not want to consider a wood heating system as it is a lot of work and it would be too much for that person to maintain.

Most homes use furnaces or boilers, and there are many types available from which to choose the one that’s right for you. One can also upgrade their current heating system to be more energy-efficient. Not only does this increase an older furnaces efficiency, but it also increases its safety level. If one chooses to replace their current system, then they must decide on a gas or oil fired furnace or boiler. It is also a good idea to have a heating contractor come to your home and do energy efficiency survey on your home. The purchaser will be investing a lot of money so will have a lot to consider in choosing the right furnace such as the size of the home. When choosing a furnace or boiler look for the energy star label. Make sure also that the model you chose is a sealed combustion unit.

Whether the home has a hot water heating system, forced air or a steam system, the systems should be maintained by a heating system professional at least yearly to ensure adequate functioning of the heating system. The venting system in some older heating systems should be examined by a professional due some of the vent piping installed between 1987 between 1993 have recall and would need to be replaced with PVC.

All furnaces that are 90-95% efficient do not need a chimney. A simple PVC pipe for venting exhaust is all that is required. Furnaces less then 90% require three- to four-inch, stainless steel venting pipe.