This Winter, Don’t Fear Your Furnace!

It’s important to understand the health and safety hazards of your furnace. Our team of experts provide some valuable information below so you don’t have to Fear Your Furnace this Winter!

Age Risk For Your Furnace

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Furnaces 10 years or older are especially dangerous since they all have pilot lights. The average life expectancy of a furnace is between 16 and 20 years. Newer furnace models with pilot lights have sensors that will automatically shut down if a problem is detected, however having a pilot light still poses a significant safety concern. Older furnaces are also at a higher risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, breakdowns, house fires, and higher energy bills.

Today’s furnaces are designed with new, high-tech heating systems whose greater efficiency helps homeowners save money, conserve natural resources and decrease the likelihood of HVAC hazards. Action Air wants to help you replace your outdated furnace – enter our Scariest Furnace Contest to win a New Furnace or WiFi Thermostat!

Carbon monoxide poisoning is especially common with outdated furnaces. Older pilot lights are typically controlled manually, and even a slight adjustment defect can produce carbon monoxide gas. Modern homes are built more “air-tight”, leaving furnaces starved of the necessary oxygen it requires to burn fuels completely. When this occurs, toxic gases build up inside the home.

furnace installation san diego House fires caused by pilot lights, bad ventilation, and/or gas line leaks are another major safety hazard of an outdated heating system. The combustible materials or any flammable objects near a furnace create an increased possibility of fire or explosion. Gasoline, solvents, or other volatile substances emit vapors that can be ignited by the heat or flame inside a gas furnace. Additionally, natural gas which has no odor, taste, smell or color can be omitted from gas line leaks and are extremely flammable and could cause a catastrophic fire or explosion.

The oxide required for older furnaces is known to destroy valves, cause gaskets to leak, and make bearings go dry – inevitably creating more risk of malfunctioning parts or total system breakdown. The older a furnace is, the more likely its parts will malfunction, causing repairs to become gradually more expensive. Older furnaces also require more gas to create heat. Replacing your furnace with a more energy efficient system will save you in long term repair costs and expensive utility bills. Our furnace experts will handle all stages of a furnace replacement to ensure maximum comfort and savings – from choosing a new heating system that’s right for you, to quality installation with Action Air Certified Technicians. We are here every step of the way.

Time to Upgrade Your Business or Home HVAC System

Reports have shown that an estimated 75% of 90 million commercial rooftop HVAC units do not run efficiently.

This is a staggering report as energy costs are a primary concern for both business owners and homeowners. Upgrading your building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems can ensure that your building does not fall within this overwhelming majority. If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, now is a good time to assess whether your system needs to be replaced before the system fails. This also give you the opportunity to research your options on what type of system would be the most efficient for your building and fits within your budget.

With proper maintenance, a building’s HVAC systems can last a long time, but outdoor and rooftop units can be especially vulnerable to damage and neglect. Rooftop units require specific care to guard against damage caused by dust, debris, and weather related events such as hail. A damaged air conditioning unit can increase the cost of operating and maintaining the system and will function less efficiently or even worse fail completely. Routine maintenance on your current system will catch any major damage or wear on your equipment so that you can do necessary replacements before complete system malfunction.

Failure to replace your aging HVAC equipment can also result in loss of temperature control, poor air quality and excessive dust. These things can lead to occupant discomfort and possible health problems for both the workers in a business or the homeowner and their family. A retrofit can sometimes help regain control of the indoor environment and a full upgrade will guarantee that your health won’t be harmed by a decrease in air quality.

Replacing your HVAC system with a new one will also ensure that you are using the most efficient equipment for your space. Older models don’t run as efficiently as the newest technology and with Energy Star equipment, you can save significant money on your utility bills both in the short and long term. Local utility companies often offer rebates for efficient system upgrades to help offset the upfront costs of a full system replacement. These rebates, coupled with long-term decrease in energy consumption, can add up to significant savings.There are many types of HVAC upgrades from which homeowners and business-owners can choose. Contact the professionals at Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar today at 800-400-4152 to discuss the best options for replacing your system!