The oil furnace installed in our home is approximately nineteen years old, and I’m convinced it isn’t going to last much longer. In the past couple of years, the heating system has been a continual drain on our budget. I’ve paid for a whole bunch of minor repairs, and our biweekly utility bills have steadily increased. The oil furnace runs for much longer cycles, struggles to keep up with demand, and is so much noisier than it used to be. While I hate to install a whole new oil furnace, I believe I should take proactive measures. Waiting for the oil furnace to break down on the coldest night of the year would be a dreadful mistake. Not only would our family be without heat, but I’d be forced to rush the replacement of the new system. It would be beneficial to take our time, check out the several furnaces and manufacturers on the market, and find a trustworthy heating contractor. It would be advantageous to schedule the replacement process over the summer season, when there would be less inconvenience, energy waste and time constraints. I’ve already started researching furnaces and HVAC techs online. Everything I’ve read says that the sizing and replacement of the heating device is far more important than the manufacturer. Other than AFUE ratings, heating capacity and features, there isn’t much difference in oil furnaces. However, if the contractor doesn’t bother with accurate measurements and calculations, I could end up with a heating system that costs myself extra every week. A lot of contractors simply install an oversized oil furnace because it’s easier and puts more currency in their pocket. The unit is costly in price as well as to run. It will reaches set temperature too quickly, which results in frequent starts and stops and uses up needless amounts of energy.