The Pros at ComfortAire Heating Cooling Plumbing Answer Your Top Heating FAQs

Have questions about your Wisconsin Rapids home’s furnace or boiler? Count on the pros at ComfortAire Heating Cooling Plumbing for honest and reliable answers. Discover more about your system with our heating FAQs below—if you don’t find the answer you’re looking for there, get in touch with our team of specialists. We’re always happy to help.

How do I know when it’s time to replace my system?

If your system is older than 10 years and in need of frequent repair, it’s probably time. Replacement should also be considered when major repairs are needed.

Will a new furnace lower my heating bills?

Depending on the age and energy efficiency of your current furnace, the answer is probably yes. Remember, the higher the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating, the more you’ll save on energy costs.

What is radiant heating?

It’s a comfortable way to heat your home with warm water that circulates through specially designed tubing installed within the floor. The heat radiates up through the floor, warming people and objects in the room. Unlike traditional heating systems, radiant heat warms the floor’s surface and surrounding objects instead of heating the moving air. One of the key advantages is decreased air circulation and the spreading of airborne pollutants.

How often do I need to schedule system maintenance?

Routine maintenance should be done once a year. Most homeowners schedule service in early fall so their systems are ready for the upcoming winter, but it can be done at any time of the year. We recommend getting it done earlier in the year to get ahead of the late-season rush.

When do I need to change my air filter?

If you have a standard one-inch filter, replace it once every one to three months—or more often if you have pets or smokers in the house. High-efficiency filters can be changed less often—swap them out once every six to 12 months for best air quality.

How do I know what furnace or boiler is right for my home?

ComfortAire’s techs will walk you through your options when it’s time for a replacement. For optimal energy efficiency, your heating system should be sized according to your unique home—it will run the appropriate cycles to properly heat every nook and cranny in the house. Our techs will measure your layout, find the right size, and explain your options before installing it.

How long does a typical furnace last?

With regular maintenance, an average furnace lasts anywhere from 15 to 20 years. However, that lifespan can vary depending on what type of furnace you have, how often you have it cleaned and checked, and how tough the winters have been.

What’s the difference between a conventional water heater and a tankless heater?

Conventional water heaters are the most common water heater in use today. Tankless heaters don’t contain a storage tank like conventional water heaters do. Instead, a gas burner or an electric element heats the water only when there’s a demand for hot water. In comparison, a conventional water heater consumes energy even when no hot water is being used. ComfortAire can help you with the pros and cons so that you can find the right system for your home.

Is there anything I can do to improve the energy efficiency of my home?

There are many factors that can affect the energy consumption of your home, including ductwork leakage and overall ductwork condition. We have ductwork and sheet metal capabilities and offer duct cleaning, duct sealing, air duct repair, and sheet metal installation for a variety of duct systems.

Why is my system running all the time?

Check to see if your thermostat is set too high or too low. If you’re uncomfortable, call us for help.

My home isn’t getting heat. What can I do?

Are any of your gas valves set to OFF? If so, call us. Check to see if your system is turned on and plugged in. Check the circuit breakers. Check that the thermostat is on and set to heat. Finally, check the furnace filter to see if it’s blocked. If nothing works, call us for help.

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