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In Pursuit of Curb Appeal


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In Pursuit of Curb Appeal

Most people spend their time dreaming up ways to improve the insides of their home. They renovate their kitchens, install new flooring, and paint the walls in vibrant colors. As far as I am concerned, however, the outside of the home is just as vital. After working for years as a landscape architect, I'm passionate about the form and function of yards, porches, decks, gardens, and other outdoor spaces. An inviting exterior welcomes guests to my home and encourages them to enjoy themselves. I decided to create a blog that would extol the virtues of curb appeal—and maybe inspire you to take your homemaking efforts outside.

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Signs That Your Older Furnace Should Be Replaced Before Cold Weather Comes Back

Summer is a great time of year to replace your furnace! With furnace replacements happening very little in the warmer months, you might be able to get a good deal on a purchase or installation. If your furnace is more than 15 years old and has been displaying some of the following symptoms, it's time to think about getting a furnace replacement before cold weather comes. 

Your Furnace Breaks Down a Lot

An older furnace that breaks down a lot could keep working for several more years, if you're willing to sink the money into it. However, the average cost of repairing a furnace is between $136 and $423, which means that you could easily spend over a thousand dollars just repairing a broken furnace in one winter. Do this multiple winters in a row, and you could end up spending as much as a new furnace would cost. 

Your Furnace has a Low or Mid-Range Efficiency Rating

Green technology has improved a lot in the last several years, which means that your older furnace probably has a less-than-stellar efficiency rating. You can find the efficiency rating on the yellow sticker on your unit. If the efficiency rating is below 80%, it's a low efficiency furnace. If the efficiency rating falls between 80 and 85%, then it has a mid-range efficiency rating. When you buy a new furnace, you'll have the chance to replace your old, inefficient furnace with a money-saving model that has an energy efficiency rating of 90% or above. 

Your Pilot Light Flame is Yellow Instead of Blue

A yellow pilot light, or a flickering pilot light, is indicative of a carbon monoxide problem, which is a very serious problem indeed. You could repair the issue, but again, how much money do you want to spend on your terminally ill heating unit? Buy a new one and you shouldn't have to worry about carbon monoxide problems for a long time. 

Your Family Shows Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

If your heater is leaking carbon monoxide into the air, you and your family members may show signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, including: nausea, disorientation, headaches and burning in the eyes and nose. 

If you're experiencing any of the problems above, it could be time to replace your old furnace with a new, energy efficient unit. Contact a heating and cooling company like Plumb Pros Plumbing Heating & Drains today to find out more details, arrange for a consultation and to get a quote.