If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.
You’ve probably heard this phrase before. And there are plenty of times when we agree with the logic. But when it comes to your furnace, this notion won’t serve you well.
Within the past few years, furnace manufacturers have made energy efficiency a top priority. This means that if you purchased a system just 10 years ago, it’s likely far inferior to the systems made today. So just because your furnace isn’t broken, this doesn’t mean it’s worth holding onto.
At Vito Services, we partner with trusted brands that are leading the way for energy efficiency. When you purchase a new system through us, we can help you save up to 20 percent on your utility bills! Your smarter, more efficient furnace will help you save money by the hour. Why wait until your furnace breaks tomorrow when you can start saving more today?
Furnaces aren’t made to last forever. When it’s time to replace your system, reach out to us for furnace installation. Vito Services offers a range of ultra-efficient furnaces! We know we say “efficient” a lot. But the differences between today’s systems and those made just a few years ago are simply too great to ignore!
Installation is the most important phase of your furnace’s life. It sets precedence for how well your system will run through the years. Knowing this, Vito Services shows the utmost care for every installation. Our technicians are background-checked and highly trained to service all makes and models. Rest assured that no matter who is installing your system, anyone wearing a Vito uniform is fully qualified to do the job right.
The technicians at Vito Services are committed to providing comprehensive heating installation, repair and maintenance services to customers throughout the Rockville area, meaning we’re well versed in all aspects of furnaces, heat pumps and boilers. Although all three options can provide exceptional heating, there are some factors that may sway your repair or replacement decision toward one over the others.
Consistent heating: The climate of Rockville is often conducive to heat pump usage – but the physics of heat pump heat transference imposes performance limitations during extremely cold temperatures. While Rockville often doesn’t reach the extremely low temperatures that drastically hamper heat pump performance and efficiency, it does on occasion happen. Furnaces have no such issues and can deliver consistent and reliable heating performance even on the coldest nights.
Longevity: Modern heat pumps do last longer than previous iterations of the technology, but by their nature they are forced to work all year long. From an operational perspective, that means a heat pump used for both cooling and heating is subjected to a double workload compared to furnaces. Plus, furnaces tend to last longer anyways, with modern units providing reliable heating for 20 years or more.
Compatibility: Heat pumps and furnaces can use the same ductwork, meaning you won’t have to pay a lot of extra money to retrofit your home with ducts. However, both heat pumps and boilers might require some additional infrastructure, such as a delivery system for heated water in the case of boilers, or both an indoor and outdoor unit for heat pumps. Many customers who need to replace an existing heating system choose to forego the added expense and stick with furnaces.
Hotter-Feeling Air: First, it’s important to acknowledge that heat pumps are more than capable of keeping your home at the comfortably warm temperature you set on your thermostat. That being said, the air being pushed out of furnaces is undeniably hotter. This is because combustion-heated air leaving a furnace is usually between 130 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, while the heated air coming out of a heat pump is only about 90 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat pumps make up for the difference with longer cycle durations at lower speeds versus the more frequent, shorter cycles of furnaces. Both will get you to the temperature you want, but many people prefer the rapid blast of hot air from furnaces.
Operational Costs: While heat pumps are renowned for their energy efficiency, they do still rely on expensive electricity. You may end up paying less for natural gas furnace heating than electric heat pump heating, especially on extremely cold days during our Rockville winters. Consult with your Vito Services technician to learn more.
Your furnace will often tell you when something’s wrong. But how do you know if it’s time to call a professional? You might want to schedule furnace repair service if:
Keeping your furnace running is much like keeping your car running. Your furnace will degrade over time and require regular tune-ups to perform optimally. If it isn’t properly maintained, it might break down when you need it most.
When you join our Service Club, we’ll keep your furnace running strong. We’ll inspect your system annually and make sure everything is working properly to ensure optimal performance. Learn more about our Service Club and why regular inspections are one of the best decisions you can make for long-term savings.
To learn more about our furnace services or to request service, call your local Vito Services office or conveniently schedule an appointment online today.