When San Diego temperatures start dropping, you need a furnace you can rely on. If your furnace goes out, quick and efficient installation of the new furnace will help protect your family and keep your pipes from freezing. A furnace professional can help you choose the best furnace for your home and get it installed in time to stay cozy and warm even on the coldest winter nights.
Gas Vs. Electric: Which Furnace Should You Choose?
Your San Diego home may be built to accommodate only one type of furnace, but if you have an option, it’s wise to compare the pros and cons of each type of furnace before you buy. Gas furnaces generally cost more than electric ones to purchase. They also require regular maintenance in order to maintain optimal functioning. The benefit, however, is that they heat your home more efficiently and they cost less to run.
An electric furnace has a longer lifespan than a gas furnace and costs less to purchase. It runs quietly and will last from 20 to 30 years, while a gas furnace will last between 10 and 20 years. Maintenance on an electric furnace is usually easier and can sometimes be handled without the need for a professional. However, the primary downside of an electric furnace is that its cost of operation will be higher.
How to Install Your New Furnace
Because furnace installation is tricky, you should always call a professional to install the new unit in your San Diego home. A heating professional can tie your new unit in with the central air conditioning system and ensure that all calibrations are accurate. He will also take care of any modifications that must be made to fit the new unit with the old ductwork and connections.
Protecting Water Pipes During Furnace Installation
When the heat in your home goes out, your water pipes may also be at risk, especially those not insulated. Because the pipes inside your home usually don’t get cold enough to freeze, you may not have them protected against cold temperatures like the pipes in your basement or crawl space. If you’re worried that pipes in your home may freeze while the furnace is out, take the following precautions:
- Insulate pipes under sinks with heat tape.
- Shine a heat lamp on the p-trap in the drain to keep it from freezing.
- Leave your faucets running at a slow drip to keep the water moving.
If you have called a furnace professional, it shouldn’t take long to get the heat back into your home. However, if the process should take longer than expected, these tips will help prevent frozen pipes inside your home on a cold winter night.
If you live in San Diego, Oceanside, San Luis, or the surrounding areas, you need the best heating professionals in the business to replace your broken furnace. During the cold winter months, time is of the essence and the specialists at 1-800-anytyme will answer your call promptly and get your furnace repaired or replaced as quickly as possible. We’re ready any time of the day or night to take care of problems and answer questions. Call us at 760-477-2222 to get answers to all your furnace and heating questions.