Top 3 Reasons Why Your Furnace is Blowing Out Lukewarm Air

EcoLife Home Comfort

The only time your furnace should be blowing out lukewarm air is when you set the thermostat to do so. If it continues to give out anything less than hot air in spite of the correct settings, something is wrong. More often than not, the reasons behind a sudden change in temperature are minor issues that can be solved with the help of a reliable HVAC technician. However, as a homeowner, it pays to have a better understanding of your furnace so that you can act accordingly when something goes wrong. So if you’re trying to figure out why your heating system is giving you lukewarm air, here are three of the most likely reasons:

1. Problems with the Thermostat

Your furnace may be in tiptop condition yet underperforming, simply because your thermostat isn’t working. When you call for a HVAC repair service, the technician will check the functioning of the thermostat before anything else as this is a very common problem with heating systems. If you haven’t replaced the batteries of your thermostat in a long time, it’s advisable to put fresh ones in and check if there is any difference in the temperature. Though you will generally see the numbers fading on the display when the batteries are dying, sometimes there is no such indication and hence, the thought doesn’t cross your mind.

The settings of the thermostat can also be the reason why lukewarm air is coming out of your furnace. For example, some settings leave the blower fan on while the heater shuts off. This, in turn, sends out lukewarm air as the system starts to cool down.

2. Clogged Air Filters or Installation Problems

Depending on what type of furnace you have, your air filters will have to be cleaned and replaced every now and then. Clogged filters not only contribute to indoor air pollution, but can also hinder the performance of your furnace. The clogging obstructs airflow, trapping some of the hot air inside. This is evident when the temperature in the room suddenly drops and you start to feel lukewarm (instead of hot) air coming out.

Another issue wherein the air filters are causing the furnace to blow out lukewarm is when they haven’t been installed properly. In some cases, they may accidentally be put in backwards after a cleaning and hence, end up blocking the hot air intended to blow out.

3. Breaks in the Ductwork

Another common reason for your furnace to suddenly drop air temperature is due to breaks in the ductwork. If the hot air traveling through the ductwork and out of your vent is getting leaked, the air pressure naturally drops and gives out lukewarm air instead. Even the smallest of breaks can cause the temperature in a room to drop; hence, you need to call in a professional HVAC repair service, to check for any breaks and seal them as soon as possible.

Replacing Your Old Furnace = Savings Galore!

At the time of purchasing your current furnace (assuming that its years old by now), you probably thought it was the best, most cost-effective one around. And chances are you were absolutely right. But fast forward to present day technologies and rising energy costs and you’ll find that your old home furnace is doing you more harm than good (at least with regard to your savings).

Modern furnaces are built to operate using less energy while providing a higher heat output. In addition to that, it is far less costly to maintain newer models as compared to old furnaces. This helps to further cut down the long-term costs of having a furnace. What’s more, installing a brand new unit increases the resale value of your home, should you decide to put the house on the market in the future.

One of the most important factors to consider when buying a new furnace is the impact it will have on your utility bills. Your current heating system is likely to require a lot of gas or electricity to power it. This energy usage shoots up during colder months when 24 hour heat supply is a necessity. A new, high-efficiency model maybe on the costly side, but many homeowners are able to recover the cost through savings on their monthly utility bills. The cost-efficiency between an old furnace and a new one are miles apart. Therefore, it’s advisable to replace your existing heater with a modern age unit as soon as possible.

Where maintenance is concerned, you’ll find that outdated heating units tend to break down more often than new furnaces. The cost of repair work is generally higher for older models because some of the parts are either expensive or hard to get a hold of. This prolongs the duration of repair work, leaving your family to bear with a chilly home for days on end. On the other hand, new heating systems are much more durable and cost less to maintain or repair. What’s more, you can avail various protection plans for new units that will cover maintenance and repair costs and guarantee quick service for any emergency work.

When buying a new furnace to replace your old one, compare AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) ratings to make sure you’re getting the most cost-efficient unit. Old furnaces generally give about 65% AFUE, while newer units will provide an impressive 90% AFUE or higher. The remaining 35% and 10% (respectively) is simply wasted energy. This lost energy contributes to climate change and hence, makes modern furnaces a better choice for the environment.

To recap, replacing your old, high- maintenance furnace with a new, energy-efficient heating unit means reducing your monthly utility bills significantly; avoiding regular costly repair and maintenance work; improved and stabilized heating; and increasing the value of your home.

Eco Life Home Comfort is your one-stop, go-to place for all HVAC related requirements. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new unit, maintenance/repair services, or a protection plan for your home’s vital systems, we’ve got a product, service or solution for you!

Preparing Your Furnace For Winter

Preparing Your Furnace For Winter

Don’t wait until winter comes to properly maintain your furnace. Preparing your furnace for winter requires just a few hours of your time and a little effort in order to keep you and your family comfortable when the cold weather arrives.

5 Steps to a Well Maintained Furnace

  1. Replace your old air filter by sliding a new one into the slot you see on your furnace..
  2. Consider upgrading to a  HEPA filter to increase the energy efficiency of your furnace.
  3. Clean your air vents and ducts to ensure the air is flowing easily. Use a long vacuum hose to get farther reach.
  4. Use a programmable thermostat so that you can set temperatures while you are away or asleep which will save you on your monthly furnace costs.
  5. Regularly inspect outdoor exhaust doors to make sure nothing is obstructing the air that is flowing outward. Be sure to remove any branches or birds nests that may be borrowed inside.

Ways Of Knowing If You need A New Furnace

Many people are unsure of the life expectancy of their furnaces. Normally the average lifespan is between 16-20 years. Most times, the way you can tell is to see if your furnace has a pilot light, and if it does you can be certain that it is over 25 years old. If your furnace is up in years,  you should start looking for a brand new furnace instead of waiting for a panicked time to replace it.

Gas & Electric Bills Going Up?

The older the furnace is, the more it loses its efficiency level because most times they are not properly maintained. This will lead to heating issues which can create problems for you and your family. Keep in mind that gas company rates are constantly going up, which is costing you and your family money. When you purchase a new furnace you are ensuring heating your home in a cost effective and energy efficient way.

Any Furnace Repairs in the last 2 years?

Furnaces have the most breakdown and repairs during the last years of  their lives. Just like cars, furnaces will break down and need repairs. However this tends to occur during the last year of their lives.The older your furnace gets means more time and money spent on replacement parts. Another warning sign to look for is waiting a long period of time to get these replacement parts since they are harder to find.

Call and consult with one of our representatives today to achieve maximum comfort within your home

Know When Your Furnace Needs an Upgrade

With the hottest summer months coming up, we often don’t think about the systems heating our home during the winter. It is important to remember, however, just because your furnace is out of sight doesn’t mean it should be out of your mind. Ensuring that your furnace is working to its top efficiency is key to keeping your utility bills low, the air you breathe clean and keeping your home warm throughout the year. Here’s how to know if your furnace is in need of an upgrade:

1. My gas bills keep getting higher but my furnace still isn’t heating my home properly…

Furnaces can account for up to 70% of your total home energy consumption, but that doesn’t mean that they are working properly! The thermal efficiency of furnaces is measured in AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) which measures the percentage of energy used for thermal heating and the percentage of energy lost due to inefficiency.

Most single stage mid-efficiency and older high-efficiency furnaces have a 60-90% AFUE. The new high-efficiency two stage furnaces operate on 95% AFUE, meaning that 95% of your energy used for heating is converted in to thermal energy in your home. The older furnaces use an alternating current motor which can be extremely inefficient, resulting in up to 40% energy lost. If your utility bills are going up and you are still feeling chilly in your home, it may be time to upgrade to a two stage high efficiency gas furnace to make sure that 95 cents of every dollar spent on gas really goes toward heating your home.

2. I’m constantly turning my heat up and down in the winter and I never seem to get it quite right…

Single stage gas furnaces use the alternating current motor to operate on an “all on” or “all off” metric, resulting in high energy loss and making it more difficult to keep your home comfortable during those in-between months. High efficiency gas furnaces are multi-speed and run on low power when unneeded, increasing when the outside temperature drops automatically increasing to high capacity to keep your home cozy and comfortable before you know it!

3. I’ve decided to change my furnace, but installation is expensive and the installation requirements for my home seem so complicated…

Depending on your existing furnace and your home’s specifications, installation can be a speed-bump on the road to high-efficiency, but let’s break it down. If your furnace is vented through your chimney, it is likely a mid-efficiency furnace which can no longer be installed in homes in Canada due to a 2010 federally legislated efficiency boost. If your furnace is vented through black ABS pipes, it is likely an old high-efficiency furnace. The new high-efficiency gas furnaces vent horizontally through the wall, ensuring that no heat is lost up the chimney.

If you are unsure about upgrading, want to make sure that a high-efficiency furnace can be installed in your home or simply want to ensure that your furnace is running efficiently, contact an EcoLife representative to arrange for a home inspection, free of charge. When you decide to make the switch, at EcoLife, we provide zero cost upfront when you purchase or rent a furnace and offer free installation and labour. To find out about our various simple and hassle-free payment plans, contact an EcoLife representative today and have your new furnace installed tomorrow!

Your Furnace and A/C: Better Together

While it may seem surprising to have your heating and cooling systems working together, in reality the efficiency of one depends on the efficiency of the other. Both your central heating and cooling systems work in tandem to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, offering you and your family year-round comfort.

How it Works

When it is time to upgrade your air conditioner or furnace, it is often tempting to opt for the system that you need the most at the time and wait for the following season to upgrade the other. The most common central cooling systems, however, are split systems which use the same duct work as your heating system for distributing filtered and conditioned air throughout your home.

The way this works is simple. Most split central heating and cooling systems include a unit outside your house which contains a condenser coil and an indoor evaporator coil. These indoor evaporator coils are usually installed in conjunction with your furnace, linking your central cooling system to your heating system.

Why Together is Better

Protect your savings: Since your central heating and cooling systems are linked, the energy savings that you obtain when you install a more energy efficient air conditioner without updating your furnace can be lost if the adjoining system is still operating under a dated and inefficient framework.

Protect your technology: Mixing new and old technology can create system problems and decrease performance if you replace just one part of your overall system. If the components of one cooling or heating system don’t match the other, your new and updated system will not function to its fullest efficiency and potential.

Protect your comfort: Since your furnace and central air conditioning system share the same air handler (blower), having a matched system with an efficient handler will allow both systems to operate properly, giving you comfort all year round.

Upgrading both your furnace and air conditioning system is beneficial for your energy savings, for your technology and for your family. Protect your home and protect your comfort.