An efficient and high-quality furnace is one of the best ways to ensure your home stays warm and cozy during the coldest months of the year. Making sure the system is properly maintained and functioning as efficiently as possible can help maximize its lifespan, reduce energy costs, and achieve total home comfort. Furnaces are similar to boilers. They both help achieve a warm, comfortable home. However, while boilers heat water and distribute it through pipes, baseboards, and radiators, furnaces heat air and send it through the home's duct system. Furnace filters should be changed at least once every couple of months. Most furnaces are powered by either natural gas, propane or fuel oil. If you have an older furnace, regular maintenance and servicing become especially critical. Without proper upkeep, the chances of the furnace burning more fuel than necessary increases - meaning you are paying more on utility bills than you would otherwise have to.
There are several warning signs that could indicate your furnace is not working properly and that it may be time for a repair or replacement. The first is if the furnace is more than 10 years old. Once the unit hits the 10-15 year mark, it is at a higher risk of failure. Plus, there are much more energy-efficient options available now than a decade ago. Today, the efficiency of furnaces is measured by the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). New furnaces are up to 98% AFUE, unlike older furnaces which are only about 65% AFUE. This can save your household up to 35 cents for every dollar spent.
At SMO, we are a family owned and locally operated business providing total home comfort solutions for over 90 years. We offer many services for gas or oil furnaces and boilers across the Southern Maryland region, Anne Arundel County, and Prince George's County. Our offerings include:
All of our technicians are highly trained, licensed and NATE-certified. Whether you need a repair, regular maintenance, or a new furnace installation, SMO has you covered. We offer FREE in-home energy consultations to give you an accurate estimate for your new equipment, 0% financing, and automatic fuel delivery services. Contact us today for your free estimate!