On Furnaces: My Thoughts Explained
The Economics of the Life-saving Furnace
Those who dwell in cold countries where snow falls and temperatures plunge to below zero during the winter months know that extreme cold can do terrible things to the human body. If you stay out in the cold with your exposed, your eyesight could be impacted. Your feet, fingers and toes could fall off due to frostbite. If the low temperature should persist drop some more, then your body will begin to shut down. As the temperature drops, hypothermia sets in. A slowdown in all bodily functions will follow, and at worst, even death.
To bring heat into these cold dwellings, a furnace is a must-have piece of equipment. The furnace circulates heat indoors keeping temperatures within comfortable and safe limits.
There are important factors that you should consider in purchasing a furnace. How many years are you expecting to stay on the property? If you believe you will still be here 15 years from now, which is the life expectancy of a furnace, then do buy a furnace. Your total payments on a furnace rental will be less than your total investment if you should decide to buy the furnace making it the more viable option. On the other, if you do not plan on selling your property, then you should buy the furnace.
The prevailing climate should be considered when buying a furnace. Furnaces run either on gas or oil. Base your decision to buy on the availability of the fuel to be used by the furnace and its cost. The kind of material used in building the house has a direct bearing on the type of furnace you should buy. Different houses require different furnaces with matching energy outputs. From the foregoing, you should be able to determine whether to buy is better that to rent, and the kind of furnace you should purchase.
A furnace is not cheap. Since you will own the furnace, then you should want to keep it in good operating condition. All-year maintenance then becomes the only viable option.
The filter must be replaced regularly, either monthly or quarterly. Every year, the correct coolant levels should be reinstated. A faulty thermostat will give false signals to the system where it will not turn and off correctly. Unless cleaned regularly, dirt and grime accumulate in the filter and clog the air vents. With air flow blocked, the system is forced to work harder and longer resulting in an increase in fuel consumption and lower overall efficiency.
It is more viable to shoulder expenses for an annual maintenance rather than to replace the whole furnace.