My furnace is just about an antique.
- It was already installed when we purchased the house.
We have now lived here almost twenty years. We expected to replace the heating system within the first couple of years. Some other project always took precedence. The house needed a new roof and new windows. We decided to remodel the kitchen and bathrooms. The water heater ruptured and flooded the basement. We wanted a sectional couch and a new television. The furnace has continued to operate year after year. Every winter, it usually requires some minor repair. Every fall, I schedule professional maintenance for the system. The contractor always warns me that the heater is reaching the end of its service life and suggests that I invest into a new model. I’ve researched the latest innovations in furnaces. There are options on the market that achieve a 98% AFUE rating. They include cost-saving and convenient features such as adaptable-speed technology, zone control and wifi connectivity. My husband and I realize that a new furnace would reduce our utility bills, improve comfort and provide healthier indoor air quality. It’s just such a big investment. We keep putting the project off for another year. I am worried that our furnace will quit in the middle of a winter blizzard and not be worth fixing. We will suddenly be without heat when the temperature is down to twenty below zero. Instead of taking our time and choosing the ideal heater for our needs, we’ll be forced to accept whatever model is available. I have decided that we need to schedule a furnace installation this summer. I know we won’t regret it.