Broken Furnaces: 5 Signs of Energy Inefficiency from Your Heating System to Watch Out For

The heating system of a home is very important. It is what allows your home to be a safe and comfortable space for your family during the colder months of the year. However, over time, things can go wrong with the furnace and other elements of your home’s heating system. These problems can create inefficiencies that both raise your heating bills and make your home colder and less comfortable. Below are five signs to watch out for.

Your Heating Bills Are Higher

One of the most obvious signs that your HVAC system is inefficient is an increase in your energy bills. If your heating bills have suddenly exploded, there are probably serious issues with your heating system you should investigate. An inefficient system has to work much harder to produce the same amount of heat, and that means higher energy costs.

Your Furnace Makes Odd Noises

If you hear strange noises emanating from your furnace, your furnace at least needs a significant tune-up. In other cases, you may need to hire heating system repair professionals. Sounds you should not hear from a properly working furnace include loud clanks, squeaks, rumbles or booms.

Your Heating System Needs Constant Repairs

One sure sign of inefficiency is of course constant break downs of your system. Every HVAC system has a life span. Very few are built in a way that will allow them be used to for decades upon decades. On average, furnaces last 15 to 20 years. If your system needs constant repairs, it may be time to replace it.

It’s Cold in Your Home

Another obvious sign that your heating system is working inefficiently is that it never really gets to the correct temperature on your thermostat. If it feels much colder than it should be a few hours after adjusting your thermostat, you system has a problem. Get it looked at.

It Doesn’t Get Warm Enough Fast Enough

Another sign your heating system is working inefficiently is that it takes a long time for the heat in your home to get raised to the right temperature. If it seems to take all day for the temperature to increase only a few degrees, your system isn’t working correctly. After switching on your system, it shouldn’t take more than hour for the temperature to increase one degree.

There are many reasons why a heating system may become inefficient. Perhaps you haven’t kept up on basic maintenance tasks like you should have. Maybe one element of your system needs to be repaired. Maybe the entire heating system needs to be replaced. Whatever the case, if you are having significant problems with your system, don’t be afraid to call a professional.

Lizzie Weakley, the author of this post, is a freelance writer.

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