February 22, 2018
In an extremely cold weather, your goal is not just to keep your family comfortable but also safe from the health risks posed by exposure to low temperatures. Thankfully your furnace is there to get the job done. However, along with that comfort is the increase in your utility bills. Since your furnace needs to constantly run, it requires more energy and its parts are bound to fail at some point.
If your unit has been serving you and your family for 15 years or more, it no longer has the performance and efficiency it once had. Age is one of the main factors to consider in determining the efficiency of your unit. Also, watch out for warning signs that tell your unit is due for a replacement. When your furnace begins to make strange noises, when it fails more frequently, or when there’s a steady rise in your heating bills, it may be time to search for a new heating system.
If you notice a steady increase in your heating bills as well as repair costs, you might want to consider upgrading to a new furnace.
Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is a premier heating company in Urbana, IL that offers innovative and cost-effective furnaces. These heating systems are designed to deliver top performance and utilize the latest technologies to ensure you get the best in home heating.
This article highlights the Lennox Merit® Series ML180 Gas Furnace.
Warning Signs You Need a New Furnace
Utility and repair costs aren’t the only things to watch out for. Here are other signs that tell you it’s time to get a new furnace.
If anyone in your family suffers from allergies caused by airborne dust, pollen, mold or viruses, it means that you have a poor indoor air quality. Old furnaces are unable to maintain the right amount of moisture and clean your indoor air which not just triggers allergies but also affects other body organs such as the throat, nose and even the lungs.
If you have to turn your thermostat higher and higher to heat your home but it doesn’t make much of a difference, it shows that your furnace is due for a repair. This is a sign that your thermostat lacks the ability to properly circulate the air to keep your home comfortable.
If your furnace is working properly, it should produce a blue flame with only very little yellow at the tip of the flame’s inner core. If the flame is primarily yellow or orange, it may be a sign that it creates carbon monoxide. This implies a major, potentially dangerous issue. Two possible causes of this problem are too much gas and not enough air. Either way, you need a professional to investigate the problem and give you necessary recommendations.
Features of the Merit® Series ML180 Gas Furnace
Every component of the ML180 has proven itself through extensive testing in our research labs. So you can take comfort knowing the furnace will deliver reliable performance, season after season.
From its heavy-gauge steel cabinet and aluminized steel heat exchanger to its sealed blower compartment, the ML180 is built to deliver reliable comfort, year after year.
An AFUE of 80% means 80 cents of every dollar spent on gas goes directly toward heating your home. That can mean potential savings of hundreds of dollars per year when compared to an older furnace.
When the ML180 is paired with a Lennox® heat pump, it creates a system that can automatically alternate between electricity and gas to keep you warm. So you’re always using the most energy-efficient way to keep comfortable.
The ML180 has a Duralok Plus heat exchanger that is constructed from patented ArmorTuf steel that captures waste heat, and a stainless steel secondary heat exchanger that allows the unit to achieve industry-leading efficiency levels. This solid component exceeds industry requirements and extends the furnace’s life.
Its hot surface igniter controls furnace operation to ensure reliable, efficient performance.
With product registration, the ML180 may be eligible for a 10-year Limited Extended Warranty. Lennox also offers a 5-year Limited Warranty on covered parts and 20-Year Warranty on the Heat Exchanger.
Ask the Heating Pros
For more information about this great furnace, call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. We are an authorized Lennox dealer that can install your unit properly and in accordance with the manufacturer’s standards to ensure maximum furnace efficiency.
We are the trusted Urbana furnace installation company serving Central Illinois for over 30 years.