Regulating the indoor air temperature inside your home is critical when it comes to ensuring the safety and comfort of your family. Many people rely on furnaces to provide the heat they need, but a furnace is not designed to last forever. Knowing when to invest in a new furnace is important, since these appliances are quite costly.
Here are two signs that you can watch for that indicate it might be time to install a new furnace in your home.
1. Changes in the health of your family members.
As a furnace begins to age, its outer housing can start to deteriorate. This could result in hairline fractures forming in the outer housing. These fractures allow trace amounts of toxic gases involved in the combustion process to escape from your furnace and into your home. One of the most common types of gases that can leak from a furnace is carbon monoxide. In high amounts, this gas can be deadly.
A slow leak in your furnace will cause your family members to experience more headaches than normal and feel as though they are constantly coming down with the flu. If you notice changes in the health of your family members, an old furnace may be to blame. Be sure to invest in a new furnace to maintain the safety of your home.
2. Increased dryness or dustiness.
A furnace that is failing will not have the ability to properly moisturize and clean the air it heats before distributing it throughout your home. You should be monitoring the dust levels on the surfaces within your home to determine how well your furnace is functioning. Increased dustiness could be a sign that it's time to replace your old heating unit.
Indoor air that suddenly becomes dry can also be an indication that your furnace isn't functioning properly. Air that hasn't been properly moisturized will cause your skin and hair to feel dry and could cause your nasal passages and throat to dry out as well. An increase in dryness or dustiness within your home is a good indication that it may be time to install a new furnace.
Being able to recognize when your home's furnace is failing will allow you to maintain the safety and comfort of your living space by replacing the old furnace with a new one. Take note of sudden changes in the health of your family members, the dryness of the air inside your home, and the dust levels on your home's surfaces to help you decide when to invest in a new furnace.