In the brisk cold of the winter season, you fight against the cold to get to your front door, and warmth greets you to tell you that you are home. The home heat system is one of the most valuable components your home has that keeps you comfortable, but a lot of homeowners know little about their furnace, HVAC system, or other home heating. One thing that tends to get asked when a new heat system is installed is: How long should the heating system last? There is no one answer since every home heating source has its own lifespan. Here are a few things you should know.
A home furnace has a fairly long lifespan
If you heat your home with a furnace, whether it is a propane-powered furnace or an electric furnace, you can expect it to last you something around 20 years. If your furnace has been in operation for a long time, you can probably expect to have to start sinking a little more money into it to keep it functional once it hits this mark — if you are lucky enough for it to still be working.
A wood heating system has an indefinite lifespan
For the longest time, wood heat was the norm inside residential properties because the wood was accessible, affordable, and efficient. When modern heating systems started taking over the residential heating scene, a lot of the wood stoves inside of homes were replaced. But with a new interest in sustainable heating, a lot of homeowners have gone back to heating with wood with an outdoor or indoor wood stove. One of the greatest things about these heat systems is they can often outlast any other. Wood stoves don't have all the mechanical parts, and they have no motor, so the stove itself can last a really long time. If your wood stove has a fan or blower system, this will probably have to be replaced long before the stove itself.
A heat pump does have a shorter lifespan
On average, you should expect a heat pump system to last between 8 to 12 years on average, which is somewhat of a shorter time frame than you see with a lot of other systems. With heat pumps, it is usually best to replace the outdoor and indoor unit at the same time, because both components do tend to last the same amount of time.
Contact a company like Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. for more information and assistance.