I’ve been looking into replacing the current gas furnace within my home. The heating system was already installed when I bought the house a decade ago. It was not properly serviced and had issues. I have been conscientious about changing air filters and having professional maintenance completed ever since. The furnace has never broke down and continues to operate reliably. However, there are signs that it’s reaching the end of its service life. The furnace now runs for too long, seldom shutting down, and yet struggles to maintain the right temperature. I’ve needed to set a higher setting on the thermostat, and energy costs are higher. There are cool spots in various rooms in the house, and a funky, musty odor. It’s necessary to clean and vacuum more often because of the higher concentration of particles, and the furnace has become quite noisy. I’m worried that it’s going to fail in the middle of the winter and leave my family without warmth. Instead of rushing to get a new heating system installed, I’d like to take my time and get a quality, energy efficient furnace. I’d like to schedule installation at a convenient time in August. While I’m reluctant to replace the old furnace, I think a proactive strategy is the best option. I’ve already spoken with a local HVAC man and received a free estimate. I’m a little stressed by the cost of a new furnace, but I know I’ll save money in the long run. Moreover, we’ll enjoy superior comfort and air quality.