In the business world, underperformance isn’t acceptable. So why is your commercial furnace getting away with it? If your commercial furnace struggles to keep your entire building at the desired temperature, it may be time to consider commercial furnace replacement.
When to Replace a Commercial Furnace
It can be a challenge to know when the time has come to replace a commercial furnace. After all, a furnace is a big investment for any business. If your commercial heating system is constantly breaking down or needing repairs, it’s time to consult with a licensed Aire Serv® specialist. We can help determine when the time is right to replace your system!
Signs that your commercial furnace should be replaced:
- Your furnace is 15 years or older and requires frequent service.
- Your furnace repairs equal or exceed half of what your system is worth.
- The furnace is noisy and can’t maintain consistent temperatures.
- Your entire building suffers from uneven temperatures.
- Updating your furnace will improve efficiency and lower energy costs.
- Your system has serious safety issues that need immediate attention.
How Often Should You Replace a Furnace Filter?
Curious about how often to replace a furnace filter? The answer actually varies quite a bit. The frequency of furnace filter replacement depends largely on the type of furnace filter you have. If you look down the aisle of your local retail store, you’ll see dozens of filter options, all with various recommendations for replacement timelines.
Generally speaking, commercial furnace filters should be changed at least once a year. Some systems, however, require more frequent changes. When it comes to furnace filter replacement, size matters. Thick filters have more space available to capture contaminants. A five-inch filter, therefore, requires less changes than a one-inch filter. Efficiency also matters. This is typically expressed as the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV).
In general, 1 to 2-inch filters should be replaced every one to three months. Three to four-inch filters require replacement every six to nine months. And 5 to 6-inch filters should be replaced every nine to 12 months.
Thankfully, you don’t have to make a guess about when to swap them. Most filter manufacturers provide recommendations on replacement frequency, which takes the guesswork out of how often they should be replaced. You can find this information included in the packaging of a new filter, or ask your local Aire Serv professionals for advice.
Benefits of a Newer Furnace
One of the best reasons to invest in a new commercial furnace is the savings on your utility bills. Besides providing more comfortable and consistent temperatures, a furnace replacement will significantly lower your energy bills. Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency Ratings are used to measure furnace efficiency and have rated older furnaces at 65% efficiency and newer furnaces at 97% efficiency. This improved fuel efficiency can mean significant savings for your business and also reduce your commercial location’s carbon footprint, helping your business run green and efficiently all year long.
Other factors that may influence your decision:
- A new furnace includes a warranty, which will reduce service-related costs.
- Upgrading your furnace may involve additional costs.
- Rebates and tax incentives can reduce the cost of a new furnace.
There are many decisions to make when getting ready to replace your commercial furnace. Your local Aire Serv professional will walk you through your options and related costs. We can also evaluate your current system and help you find the best solution for your business and building.
Commercial Furnace Replacement Cost
One of the biggest reasons that many people put off replacing their commercial furnaces is the initial cost. The reality is that furnace replacement costs vary based on your location and the kind of system you choose to install. Determining your furnace replacement costs requires a careful assessment of the many factors that impact furnace installation, performance, and efficiency.
Furnace type, size, and efficiency will all factor into this equation. Generally speaking, you can expect commercial furnace replacement to start at $6,000.
If you’re considering a furnace replacement, check out our expert tips for advice and recommendations. Depending on your location, some furnace replacements may require a permit to install. This may also apply when upgrading to the same type of system. A low-voltage electrical permit for thermostat work and control wiring (even when reusing the old thermostat) may be required. This is why it’s best to call your local Aire Serv professionals for assistance with your furnace replacement.
The ENERGY STAR Difference
Environment Canada has strict guidelines when it comes to furnaces, which are met by all furnaces labeled with the ENERGY STAR seal. Besides providing better comfort, these furnaces also reduce pollution and save energy.
The pros at your local Aire Serv will be happy to review your furnace replacement options. Whether you are considering a gas, electric, or oil furnace, boilers, air source heat pump, or geothermal heat pump, we can help you choose a heating option that best meets your commercial needs.
Why Choose Aire Serv for Commercial Furnace Replacement
Our team at Aire Serv knows how important it is to get your commercial furnace replacement done right the first time. We’ve provided quality, reliable HVAC services since 1992, and all our work is backed by the Neighbourly Done Right Promise™, which guarantees your satisfaction. When our Aire Serv professional arrives at your business, you can trust that we’ll treat your space like our own.
We’re trained to deliver exceptional customer experiences from start to finish. Whether you’re in the market for furnace maintenance, furnace repair, or a complete system replacement, trust your local Aire Serv team to get the job done quickly and effectively.