Need A New Gas Furnace? Don't Wait Until Fall

With temperatures growing warmer, heating may be the last thing you're thinking about right now. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and you don't plan to have to turn the heat on for another 6 months, at least! But you should take a few minutes to think back on how your furnace was functioning the last few months of the heating season. Is it older? Was it struggling to keep up? If so, you might want to think about replacing your gas furnace and doing so before it gets cold again. Here's why it's best to act now.

1. You don't have to worry.

Imagine this scenario. It's November, it's getting colder outside, and you realize your furnace is not working. You have to get a new one installed because the house is 50 degrees and you're chilly. You don't spend the time to shop around or consider your options because frankly, you don't have the time. If you replace your furnace right now, on the other hand, there's no rush since you don't need heat for months. You can take your time to consider your options, get various estimates, and make plans.

2. You'll save money.

It is almost guaranteed that you will save money by installing a furnace now, rather than later. For one, you can shop around and get more estimates. Also, HVAC companies often offer discounts on furnaces in the spring and summer since they need to see this equipment move. You might even get a good rebate on a furnace that's considered "last year's model." It's still efficient, and it is still brand new. 

3. It's easier for installers to make holes for vents.

If you have an older furnace, it probably vents out a chimney. Newer models vent through a PVC pipe, which means you will need to have a hole put in your wall for that new pipe. HVAC installers can certainly do this when it's cold out, but it's easier for them to do when it's warm. They can drill from the outside of your home without getting cold, and they don't have to worry about water or snow getting in the hole. As a result, your installation costs might be a bit lower.

Installing a furnace in the spring or summer is not as silly as it might seem. For help with a heating installation, contact your HVAC company; they will appreciate that you've taken the time to plan ahead.