Furnace Sales & Installation in DE, PA, & MD
Call Today If You Want a New Furnace!
If you want a new furnace installed this season, you have found the trusted comfort experts – Hillside! Whether you need to replace your old furnace or need a new furnace for a construction project, we offer free estimates on the replacement and installation of all furnaces.
Switching from your old furnaces to a brand-new high-efficiency furnace system can save you big bucks in fuel costs annually. Not only will you enjoy the extra energy savings, but they’re many more positive benefits to a new furnace.
If you need expert furnace sales and installed services in New Castle County, Delaware, Cecil County, MD, or Southern Chester County, PA, please get in touch with our team. If you want to know how a furnace can benefit your home, keep reading below.
If you’d like a FREE QUOTE, call Hillside Heating and Cooling today at 302-738-4144 (DE & PA) or 410-398-5879 (MD) or contact us. Hillside offers FREE estimates for new furnace sales and installation in DE, PA, and MD.
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How does your oil furnace work?
An oil furnace is a device that burns oil to heat air.
(A) The thermostat sends a signal to the controls on the burner.
(B) The fuel pump draws oil through a filter to the burner.
(C) The burner turns the oil into a fine spray, mixes it with air, and ignites it in the combustion chamber, causing the chamber to become very hot.
(D) Air absorbs heat in the heat exchanger.
(E) A blower sends this air through ducts to heat the home.
(F) The air eventually circulates back to the heat exchanger, and the cycle continues. (G) Combustion emissions are vented out the flue.
H) Hillside Oil Heating & Cooling is a full-service heating oil company. We deliver fuel to your home and can install, maintain, and repair oil (and natural gas, propane gas, and electric) heating systems in DE, MD, & PA.
AFUE Energy Efficiency
Unmatched Efficiency = Lower Energy Costs
Furnaces older than 16 years old often operate at around 65% Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). AFUE measures your furnace’s efficiency in converting fuel to energy. A high AFUE rating equals greater energy efficiency.
According to Energy.Gov, AFUE is the ratio of the annual heat output of the furnace or boiler compared to the total annual fossil fuel energy consumed by a furnace or boiler. An AFUE of 90% means that 90% of the energy in the fuel becomes heat for the home and the other 10% escapes up the chimney and elsewhere. AFUE doesn’t include the heat losses of the duct system or piping, which can be as much as 35% of the energy for output of the furnace when ducts are located in the attic, garage, or other partially conditioned or unconditioned space.
New high-efficiency furnace systems typically have AFUE ratings of well over 90% and can be as high as 97%. Because of this great difference in fuel efficiency, these new high-efficiency furnaces can pay for themselves in only a few years.
Old, low-efficiency heating systems:
- Natural draft that creates a flow of combustion gases
- Continuous pilot light
- Heavy heat exchanger
- 56% to 70% AFUE.
Mid-efficiency heating systems:
- Exhaust fan controls the flow of combustion air and combustion gases more precisely
- Electronic ignition (no pilot light)
- Compact size and lighter weight to reduce cycling losses
- Small-diameter flue pipe
- 80% to 83% AFUE.
High-efficiency heating systems:
- Condensing flue gases in a second heat exchanger for extra efficiency
- Sealed combustion
- 90% to 98.5% AFUE.
Superior Air Flow
Is your old furnace making you sick?
Old furnaces are vastly inferior at removing dust, pollen, dander, odors, chemical vapors, harmful germs, and all sorts of unwanted, health-affecting contaminants. Studies show that the quality of indoor air can be lower than the quality of outdoor air.
Research suggests that “If you have a badly maintained or badly designed system, whether in your home or office, it can become contaminated and potentially harmful,” says Dr. Mark Mendell, an epidemiologist with the California Department of Public Health.
Filtered Air for a Fresher, Healthier Home
Ahhh. Cleaner air. Did you know that a new furnace better distributes air throughout the home? New furnaces have better airflow and remove impurities from the air, preventing mold buildup. These factors can improve the indoor environment of your home, leading to healthier breathing. The improved health of your loved ones could be the most important reason for replacing your furnace.
Upgrading to a new heating system can impact your health and happiness. A new furnace may reduce health effects that older units may cause, including eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. It has been shown that pollutants can cause diseases that show up much later, such as respiratory diseases.
Goodbye noisy, rattling furnaces
In addition to the health and energy benefits of a new furnace, new systems are much quieter than older furnaces. Rattling furnaces are a thing of the past. New furnaces are engineered with special sound-dampening insulation to absorb excess noise to minimize the sound of air turning on and off. Rest assured, your new furnace will operate at a minimal noise level that is whisper quiet.
Control your thermostat via an app on your mobile devices.
Upgrade your furnace to a smart thermostat. In the simplest terms, a smart thermostat allows you to remotely control your home’s heating system via an app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer or using voice activation via your smart assistant. Schedule and set “away” modes, adjust and maintain temperatures, ensure ideal humidity levels, optimize comfort through your home’s zones, and more.
- Programmable smart thermostat features modes for geofencing, 7-day, 5-2 (Weekday, weekend), 5-1-1 (Weekday, Saturday, Sunday), 1-week or non-programmable
- Use the Lyric app to program a schedule or use location-based control with geofencing technology, which uses your smartphone location to save energy while you’re away and make your home comfortable when you return.
Smart thermostats will save you money.
- Greater control over your heating schedule
- Monitor and maintain a comfortable temperature
- Set up geo-locations so your heating automatically turns off when you leave your home
- Learning your commute times and preparing your home’s temperature in time for your return
- Turning off automatically, when you leave the house
- Making ad-hoc changes should there be a drastic change in temperature throughout the day
Consistent Heating & Cooling
Control your thermostat via an app on your mobile devices.
No cold gusts when the furnace turns on or big temperature differences from room-to-room. Enjoy ideal temperature and humidity levels with precision accuracy with modern furnace systems.
Honest Furnace Repair Services
When you schedule a furnace repair service, we’ll thoroughly inspect and accurately determine why your furnace stopped working. Before we begin any furnace repair, our honest HVAC techs will explain why your furnace has stopped working, go over your options, and let you decide how to proceed with no pressure.
All furnace repairs include:
- A call from your technician before arrival so you’ll know just when to expect us
- Diagnostic and safety check of your equipment
- Fixed price quote including all parts and labor required – no hidden charges
How long does a furnace last?
A well-maintained furnace can last at least 16 to 20 years. Please note several factors can impact the life of your furnace—its make and model, usage rate, and whether or not your furnace has been maintained. Hillside’s HVAC professionals can extend the life of your furnace with our annual tune-ups and diligence on repairs.
When is it time to replace a furnace?
Concerned you may need a new furnace? How to know when it is time.
We get asked in emails, on the phone, and in-home repair service calls, “Is it time to replace my furnace?” Customers fear the financial costs associated with replacing a furnace. We understand their concern, but there comes a time when the pain of repair costs and skyrocketing heating bills is greater than purchasing a brand-new energy-efficient furnace. So when is the best time to repair it, and when is the best time to replace it?
Pay attention to these oil or natural gas furnaces in warning signs before you experience a no-heat emergency on a freezing cold night. This is the worst time for you to call a DE, PA, and MD heating tech to assess your failing or faulty heating system. It’s better to be prepared. Here are some “warning signs” to consider replacing your aging and faulty furnace.
- Frequent service calls
- High repair bills
- Uneven temperatures
- Inability to stay at the thermostat’s temperature setting
- Furnace blowing cold air
- New or increased noises
- Increase in energy bills
For a more detailed “warning signs of a failing furnace,” visit here.
Don’t wait until your furnace fails before considering replacing it. If your furnace or boiler is old, worn out, inefficient, or significantly oversized, the simplest solution is to replace it with a modern high-efficiency model. Old coal burners switched over to oil or gas is prime candidates for replacement, as well as gas furnaces with pilot lights rather than electronic ignitions. Newer systems may be more efficient but are still likely to be oversized and can often be modified to lower their operating capacity.
The Hillside Maintenance Plans
Keeping Your Paws Comfy All Year Round
The Hillside Maintenance Plans are designed to prevent minor problems from turning into major issues! Extend the life of your equipment, reduce the need for costly repairs, and increase the performance of your heating and cooling systems while lowering your utility bills.