In towns like Coeur d’Alene, heating units need to be reliable. Our rainy Northwest winters make furnaces and heaters an absolute necessity, and you don’t want to have it fail on you and wait for a repair person to arrive all the way from Spokane. It pays to assess your 2013-2014 heating options before the cold weather sets in, then consult with a professional as to the best way to implement it. That way you can be assured of reliable heating when you need it the most.
Your precise options depend on your home and the unique circumstances you’re living in, but probably boil down to one of the following three situations:
- Continue with your existing furnace. In most cases, this is probably what you need. Your furnace works fine and just needs a little upkeep to function as it should. In this case, you should probably call a service technician to make a routine maintenance call: cleaning the unit and looking for any little problems that can be addressed with preventative care.
- Your existing furnace needs upgrades. Upgrades aren’t always necessary, but they can help your furnace function more efficiently, and possibly save on your bills in the process. For instance, you could exchange your old thermostat with a newer digital model that includes automatic turn-on and turn-off features. That way, the furnace would turn off automatically when you go to work and turn on again when you come home, saving you considerable money in monthly energy bills.
- You need a new furnace. If your existing furnace is more than 15 years old and/or is struggling to do its job, a new unit may be in order. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends finding a furnace with the EnergyStar sticker, which can save you up to 15% in monthly bills. Over time, that can help offset the initial cost of installation.
If you live in Coeur d’Alene, heating services should be a priority before the winter starts. ACI Northwest has Coeur d’Alene heating experts on hand to handle your heating and air conditioning needs. Give us a call today; we can spell out your 2013-2014 heating season options in the clearest terms, then install a new unit (or help maintain the existing one) with courtesy and professionalism.