As winter approaches, it’s important to start thinking about how you’ll maintain your home comfort in the coming months. Our Hagerstown, Maryland, climate brings cold weather that necessitates an efficient heater to keep your family comfortable. Even the best heater doesn’t have an indefinite life span. If you’re thinking about purchasing a new Hagerstown, MD heater for your home, these questions can help you decide if it’s the right time.

What’s Your Current AFUE?

Heating systems receive an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating that explains how efficient its operation is. The AFUE is the percentage of heat that an appliance produces in relation to the fuel used. For example, a system with an AFUE of 80 loses 20% of its energy, while 80% of its fuel actually goes toward heating your home. Cost-wise, this means that just 80 cents of every dollar you spend on heating would actually contribute to your home comfort.

It’s important to note that your system’s AFUE is just one measure of its efficiency. To optimize energy efficiency, you need to make sure your ducts are properly sealed, so you’re not losing any of the warm air generated by your heater. You should also invest in annual maintenance to keep your heater in prime condition and equip it to run as efficiently as possible.

The minimum AFUE allowed for a new furnace is 80. Today, you can find systems with ratings of 90 or above, which deliver far greater efficiency for your home. If you’re using a furnace with a low AFUE and want to lower your utility bills and enjoy a greener home, it may be worth the upfront cost to upgrade.

How Old Is Your System?

The average heating system will last for 15 to 20 years. If your system is in this range, it’s time to start planning for the cost of an upgrade. The earlier you start planning for a replacement, the more time you’ll have to research options at your leisure. You can look for rebates, specials, and other deals that might help you save on this investment.

If you see the right price on a new system, you may find that it’s the perfect time for an upgrade. As your system ages, it’s best to be proactive about your new heater so you’re not forced to buy a system simply because your current heater failed in the middle of winter.

While we often face a rush for new installations and emergency repairs in winter months, autumn is generally slower, making it easier to schedule an installation at your convenience.

What Are Your Recent Repair Costs?

Have you recently suffered the need for numerous heater repair calls? As your system nears the end of its life span, you’ll typically find that there are more repairs than usual. As these repairs escalate in cost and complexity, you’ll find that you need to consider whether to continue paying for the repairs or invest in a new installation.

Our technicians can help you assess the state of your heater and determine whether more repairs are likely in the near future. An aging system will continue to suffer the need for replacement parts and other issues, which may make a new installation a more cost-effective option.

How Are Your Comfort Levels?

Is your home as comfortable as you’d like? An aging, inefficient, or improperly sized heater won’t usually provide you with the warmth that you’re after. Watch for issues such as:

  • Hot and cold spots around the house.
  • Excessive dust.
  • Inability to meet thermostat settings.
  • Constant running or frequent cycling.

These issues are often accompanied by an unexplained increase in your utility bills. If you’d like to improve your cold weather comfort, a new heater may be the perfect solution. Our technicians can help you size your home properly so you can find the perfect installation for your needs.

If you’re ready to start thinking about a new heater installation, call Griffith Energy Services, Inc. at 888-474-3391. We can help you size your home and explore your options. We’re dedicated to helping you get the perfect fit for your needs.

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Dear Customers,

At this time, when the news is dominated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency around the world, we wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols to ensure your safety and the safety of our team.

We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to develop and take necessary measures as needed. Our focus is to ensure that we meet customer needs while doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our communities safe.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Everyone on our team has received enhanced training and protocol briefings. We will continue to evolve and adjust these protocols as needed.
  • We are implementing telecommuting options for positions where applicable.
  • Non-essential work travel is currently on hold for all employees.
  • We are conducting enhanced cleaning practices at our locations and are instructing employees to continually sanitize their work stations and vehicles.
  • We are also urging all employees to be vigilant about frequent hand washing.

Information for you:
If you have an existing service appointment, we look forward to seeing you and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure service experience.

During this challenging time, if you are experiencing symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus or have been exposed to it, in order to protect our team and all the customers we serve, we encourage you to please reschedule your service appointment, by calling us at 888-474-3391.

Your safety is our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in our team and our company.

Best regards,
Griffith Energy Services
888-474-3391

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