At Absolute Comfort, it is our mission to provide exceptional heating and cooling services for people in Crystal Lake and the surrounding areas. With August nearly half over, autumn isn’t too far away, and if you haven’t yet read our fall HVAC checklist blog post, then we hope you’ll take the time to do so after you’re finished reading this post. In this entry, we’ll take a look at three questions that you should ask your furnace repair technician the next time they’re in your home, working on your heating system. If you need to schedule furnace service and you want an experienced company, then contact us today!

1. How Often Should I Replace the Furnace Filter?

A dirty furnace filter can be the main culprit when it comes to decreased heating efficiency. Our HVAC expert will always check the filter when they work on your furnace, but you may want to know how often you should replace the filter on your own. The answer will depend on what size of filter your furnace uses, how often the system runs, and other factors such as whether or not you have animals in your home, or if someone in the house suffers from allergies. Our tech will explain which filter you need, how to change it, and how to know when will be the best time to swap it out for a new one.

2. Which Thermostat is Best?

The answer to this question is also subjective, as everyone has their preference when it comes to thermostats. You may have grown up with the traditional manual thermostat that featured a dial and a needle. When you bought your first home, you had a programmable thermostat installed, and that completely changed how you used your furnace. If you’re thinking about adding a smart or learning thermostat to your home, then we can help you decide which model is best. If you’ve just had a new furnace installed, or you’ve noticed that your current thermostat isn’t working properly, then it might be time for an upgrade.

3. How Long Will My Furnace Last?

Every homeowner wants their furnace to last for many years, and with proper maintenance and care, your heating system can run smoothly for a long time. Depending on what type of furnace you have — natural gas, electric, propane, or another fuel type — its life expectancy can vary. Most systems can last between 15 to 20 years, and we can let you know how much longer you can expect your furnace to run. As a heating system nears the end of its lifespan, it’s common for it to experience more issues, and it can prove to be more cost effective to replace it rather than to keep repairing it again and again.

Contact Us Now

If you’ve had these questions before, or you have related questions about your furnace, then contact us now to find answers. We can come to your home and inspect your system, and we’ll gladly answer any questions that come to mind while we’re there. Above all, we want you to feel confident that your furnace is going to keep your house warm and cozy throughout the fall and winter months.

We look forward to hearing from you!